xda-developers https://www.xda-developers.com Android and Windows Phone Development Community Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:15:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.2 New Motorola-branded smartwatches spotted with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 https://www.xda-developers.com/new-moto-branded-smartwatches-are-coming-but-theyre-not-what-you-may-think/ https://www.xda-developers.com/new-moto-branded-smartwatches-are-coming-but-theyre-not-what-you-may-think/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:14:09 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=402247 Motorola has undergone several transitions to its smartphone lineup, which has inadvertently resulted in a more complicated branding and naming scheme (which is never good). But its smartwatch division has taken an interesting turn. The last time we saw a Motorola smartwatch, it wasn’t actually made by Motorola. Rather, it was made by a company

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Update 1 (03/02/2021 @ 1:15 PM ET): We’ve learned more details about the two upcoming Motorola smartwatches. Click here for information. The article as published on February 28, 2021, is preserved below.

Motorola has undergone several transitions to its smartphone lineup, which has inadvertently resulted in a more complicated branding and naming scheme (which is never good). But its smartwatch division has taken an interesting turn. The last time we saw a Motorola smartwatch, it wasn’t actually made by Motorola. Rather, it was made by a company called eBuyNow, and Motorola only licensed its brand name. Now, a new generation of Motorola-branded smartwatches is coming, but they’re quite different offerings compared to what we’ve seen before. Maybe that’s for the better or maybe that’s for the worse, but it’s different nonetheless.

The first thing we should note here is that this isn’t really a leak. This news comes from a public sales presentation that was first highlighted by Felipe Berhau on Twitter. (You can see it here, via 9to5Google). Onto the watches themselves, they don’t seem to feature the previous branding anywhere (that’s why we noted that these are Moto-branded smartwatches). Instead, the presentation says “Moto Watch & One”, suggesting that we’ll have a Moto Watch and a Moto One watch.

There’s also a third watch which will apparently be called the “Moto G” smartwatch. The Moto G series of smartphones consist of mid-range and low-end devices, so a G watch in this case may be a lower-end smartwatch. Presumably, a “Moto One” smartwatch would follow overall the same line the One series of smartphones follows, while a Moto Watch would probably be the proper flagship smartwatch in the lineup. Again, this is just speculation based on the images.

These smartwatches, just like the last Moto 360 smartwatch, are not made by Motorola in-house but will be sold under the Moto branding if they reach the market. We don’t know when these smartwatches will be reaching the market or if they’ll reach it at all, so we’ll have to wait and see.


Update: Snapdragon Wear 4100, Wireless Charging, and Wear OS

Eagle-eyed Redditors over on the /r/WearOS subreddit have discovered that the smartwatches shown in eBuyNow’s presentation have “Snapdragon Wear 4100” inscribed on the bottom. In addition, there’s also inscriptions for “NFC”, “5ATM”, and “GPS”, which suggests it’ll support contactless payments, survive at up to 5ATM of water pressure, and support location tracking. We can also see wireless charging coils in the image. All in all, this suggests that the new Motorola-branded smartwatches will have some exciting features. When it launches, it may also be one of the best-performing Wear OS smartwatches on the market thanks to the inclusion of the Snapdragon Wear 4100, which also powers the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3.

New Moto Watch backplate text blown up in Photoshop. Image credits: Redditor TheMacJezza

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A day before Qualcomm officially unveiled the Snapdragon 888, the company partially detailed the flagship SoC and confirmed the names of 14 OEMs who would launch devices with the new processor. Xiaomi was one of the manufacturers on the list, and the company teased the Mi 11 just a day after Qualcomm’s launch event. A few weeks down the line, the Chinese OEM revealed that it would launch the Mi 11 before the end of the year, making it the first device to feature Qualcomm’s latest flagship chip.

As promised, Xiaomi lifted the covers off the Mi 11 in China on December 28th, giving us our first look at its design, specifications, and unique features. The company is now prepping to launch three more devices in the Mi 11 lineup — the Mi 11 Lite, Mi 11 Pro, and Mi 11 Ultra — which are expected to come out sometime later this year. In case you missed out on our previous coverage of the Xiaomi Mi 11 lineup, here’s everything you need to know about the Mi 11, the Mi 11 Lite, the Mi 11 Pro, and the Mi 11 Ultra!

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Mi 11 series: Release Date

Xiaomi launched the vanilla Mi 11 in China late last year. The company then announced it in the European market on February 8th, but the device is yet to go on sale in the region. Although previous leaks suggested that the company would launch the remaining devices in the lineup sometime in February, so far we haven’t seen any official announcement from the company. We’ll update this post as soon as we hear more from Xiaomi.

Mi 11 series — Regular, Lite, Pro, and Ultra variants

Xiaomi is reportedly planning on launching 4 devices in the Mi 11 lineup. The regular Mi 11 is the first one out of the lot and it has already been launched in China and select European markets. The device is expected to make its way to India too sometime in the near future.

Along with the Mi 11, Xiaomi is reportedly working on a more affordable Mi 11 Lite, the flagship Mi 11 Pro, and an overkill Mi 11 Ultra. These three devices have leaked to varying degrees over the last few months, and we’re more or less confident that they will be launched sooner rather than later. It’s worth noting that Xiaomi may launch the Mi 11 Lite as the Mi CC11 in China, based on the company’s previous naming convention.

A new leak from XDA Senior Member Deic reveals that Xiaomi will launch two variants of the Mi 11 Lite — a 4G variant codenamed “K9A courbet” and a 5G variant codenamed “Renoir K9.” Adam Conway from our team has also confirmed the codename and model number (M2101K9G) for the Mi 11 Lite 5G and has revealed that the device recently received Google Play certification.

Xiaomi Mi 11 series: Specifications

Specification Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite (leaked) Xiaomi Mi 11 Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro (leaked) Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (leaked)
Build N/A
  • Metallic mid-frame
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on front
  • Glass back
N/A N/A
Dimensions & Weight N/A
  • Frosted Glass:
    • 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.06mm
    • 196g
  • Vegan Leather:
    • 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.56mm
    • 194g
N/A N/A
Display
  • Flat display
  • 6.81″ QHD+ AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 480Hz touch response rate
  • 515 PPI pixel density
  • 1500 nits peak brightness
  • 10-bit color
  • HDR10+
  • Hole punch display
  • Quad-curved
  • 6.81″ QHD+ AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Hole punch display
  • Quad-curved
  • 6.81″ QHD+ AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Hole punch display
  • Quad-curved
SoC
  • 5G: Qualcomm Snapdragon 775/775G (unannounced)
  • 4G: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888:
    • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz
  • Adreno 660
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888:
    • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz
  • Adreno 660
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888:
    • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz
  • Adreno 660
RAM & Storage
  • 6GB RAM
  • 8GB LPDDR5 + 128GB UFS 3.1
  • 8GB+256GB
  • 12GB+256GB
  • Up to 12GB LPDDR5 + up to 256GB UFS 3.1
  • Up to 16GB LPDDR5 + up to 512GB UFS 3.1
Battery & Charging
  • 5G: 4,150mAh
    • 33W wired fast charging
  • 4G: 4,250mAh
    • Reverse wired charging support
  • 4,600mAh
  • 55W wired fast charging
  • 50W wireless fast charging
  • 10W reverse wireless charging
  • 55W GaN charger included
  • 5,000mAh
  • 67W wired fast charging
  • 67W wireless fast charging
  • 10W reverse wireless charging
  • 5,000mAh
  • 67W wired fast charging
  • 67W wireless fast charging
  • 10W reverse wireless charging
Security N/A In-Display Optical Fingerprint Sensor N/A N/A
Rear Camera(s)
  • Primary: 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW2 with OIS (5G), ISOCELL Bright GW1 (4G)
  • Secondary: 0.6x ultra-wide
  • Tertiary: macro
  • Quaternary (4G only): Depth
  • Primary: 108MP, 1/1.33″ sensor, f/1.85, 1.6µm, OIS
  • Secondary: 13MP, f/2.4, 123° FoV, wide-angle sensor
  • Tertiary: 5MP, f/2.4, AF, macro

Video:

  • 8K
  • HDR10+
  • Primary: 50MP
  • Secondary: 13MP wide-angle
  • Tertiary: 5MP macro
  • Quaternary: 120x telephoto
  • Primary: 50MP
  • Secondary: 48MP wide-angle
  • Tertiary: 48MP telephoto
Front Camera(s) N/A 20MP, f/2.4 20MP 20MP
Port(s) N/A USB Type C USB Type C USB Type C
Audio
  • Stereo speakers (5G variant only)
Stereo Speakers tuned by Harman Kardon Stereo Speakers tuned by Harman Kardon Stereo Speakers tuned by Harman Kardon
Connectivity
  • NFC (no NFC in Indian variant)
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • IR Blaster
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • IR Blaster
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 6(E?)
  • IR Blaster
Software MIUI 12 or MIUI 12.5 MIUI 12 MIUI 12.5 MIUI 12.5
Other Features N/A Simultaneous audio sharing with two Bluetooth devices N/A N/A

Xiaomi Mi 11 XDA Forums


Display

As Ben pointed out in our hands-on preview of the Xiaomi Mi 11, the device features a gorgeous 6.81-inch QHD+ AMOLED display that refreshes at 120Hz and curves on all four sides. The display offers a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels and a pixel density of 515 PPI. It features a hole-punch cutout in the top left corner for the selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint scanner underneath that doubles up as a heart rate sensor.

Xiaomi Mi 11 display

While the 120Hz panel on the Mi 11 doesn’t offer a variable refresh rate like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, it can switch between 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz, depending on the content. The panel is 10-bit capable, offers HDR10+ support, and has a peak brightness of 1500nits. The Xiaomi Mi 11 also packs a couple of cool software features, like Super Resolution, that can enhance your viewing experience even further.

MIUI 12.5 on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Mi 11 Ultra as seen in Tech Buff PH’s YouTube video

Leaks suggest that the Mi 11 Pro will feature the same QHD+ AMOLED display as the regular Mi 11, measuring 6.81-inches. It will offer a peak refresh rate of 120Hz and feature a single hole-punch cutout in the top left corner. At the moment, we have no further information about the display on the Mi 11 Pro, but we assume that it will be the exact same panel as the Mi 11. As per a hands-on video of the Mi 11 Ultra from Filipino YouTuber Tech Buff PH (now unavailable), the top-of-the-line device will also pack the same display as the other two models. Both the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra are expected to feature premium display features like MEMC, Super Resolution, SDR-to-HDR upmapping, and AI upscaling.

Mi 11 Lite leaked image Weibo

Although details about the Mi 11 Lite’s display have been slim so far, leaked images of the device spotted on Weibo suggest that it will be flat, unlike the other models in the Mi 11 series. It will, however, have the same hole-punch camera placement as the other models. The images also suggest that the device may have chunkier bezels in comparison with the rest of the lineup, but they should still be easy to ignore for most users.

Design

The Xiaomi Mi 11 features a design similar to its predecessors, the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. It offers a familiar package over on the front with a display that seamlessly curves over the edges to a 1.8mm metal frame that gives it a premium look and feel. The curve on the sides of the display are a lot more pronounced, while the curve on the top and bottom of the display are a lot more subtle. The display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus, which offers 2m drop protection and twice the scratch resistance as the company’s previous offerings.

Xiaomi Mi 11 back panel

Over on the back, though, it features a new “squircle” shaped camera module with a circular silver accent around the primary 108MP sensor. The device has subtle Xiaomi branding towards the bottom of the back panel, unlike some of the recent budget offerings from the company.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lilac Purple and Honey Beige

It’s worth noting that Xiaomi offers two different back panel designs on the Mi 11, one with a frosted matte finish back panel that is soft to the touch and another with a vegan leather finish. The company offers the frosted matte finish variant in three colorways — Midnight Gray, Horizon Blue, and Frost White — while the vegan leather variant is available in two color options — Lilac Purple and Honey Beige. However, Xiaomi has only launched two of the three frosted glass variants — Midnight Gray and Horizon Blue — in the European market.

Xiaomi Mi 11 buttons

In terms of ports, the Xiaomi Mi 11 features a USB Type-C port at the bottom flanked by the SIM card slot on one side and the primary microphone and speaker grille on the other. Over on the top, the device features a secondary microphone next to another speaker grille that features Harman Kardon branding and an IR blaster. The volume rocker and power button are situated within the metal frame on the right edge.

Mi 11 Pro leaked image

Credits: MyDrivers

While we have already seen the Mi 11 in all its glory, we’ve only seen one leaked image of the Mi 11 Pro so far. The image (via MyDrivers) reveals that the Mi 11 Pro will feature the same design as the regular Mi 11 for the most part. However, the device won’t feature the same camera island design. Instead of the Mi 11’s squircle camera island, the Mi 11 Pro will sport a larger horizontally-oriented camera island with an additional camera sensor and a larger flash. We’ve also seen this design in a leaked promotional poster for the device. Other than that, the device will look the same as the regular Mi 11.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra in white

Credits: Tech Buff PH

As far as the Mi 11 Ultra is concerned, leaks suggest that it will feature an even larger horizontally-oriented camera island. The aforementioned YouTube video reveals that the camera island will include three sensors and a tiny secondary display. While we don’t know the specs of this display, it seems it will able to open almost any app on your phone.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra in black and white Harman/Kardon speakers on the Mi 11 Ultra

Credits: Tech Buff PH

We’re guessing that Xiaomi has added this screen to help users take better selfies with the rear-facing camera array. Much like the Mi 11 Pro, the Mi 11 Ultra seems to have the same quad-curved display as the Mi 11, with a single-hole punch cutout in the top left corner and minimal bezels on all sides. The device will also feature the same stereo speaker setup, button placement, IR blaster, and slim metal frame as the Mi 11.

Mi 11 Lite leaked live image Weibo back

Leaked live images of the Mi 11 Lite shared on Weibo suggest that it will feature the same design as the vanilla Mi 11. The device will sport the same squircle camera island with a triple camera setup on the back. However, as mentioned earlier, it won’t feature a curved display like the other devices in the lineup. We haven’t seen any other leaked images or renders of the device at the moment, so we can’t comment on the rest of its design.

Since we now know that there will be two variants of the Mi 11 Lite, we can’t be sure which variant is shown in the image above. But we can confirm that only the 5G variant of the device will feature a stereo speaker setup like the rest of the lineup.

SoC, RAM, and Storage

As mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi Mi 11 packs Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset. We have dedicated coverage on the SoC, and we encourage you to check out our in-depth look at the Snapdragon 888 and an overview of its benchmark results.

The Snapdragon 888 is paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB or 256GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage. While Xiaomi does offer a more premium 12GB+256GB variant of the Mi 11 in China, the company hasn’t launched it in the European market.

As per recent leaks, both the Mi 11 Pro and the Mi 11 Ultra will pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip. The devices will likely come with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, but we currently have no confirmation regarding the same. It’s worth noting that Xiaomi offered up to 16GB of RAM on the Mi 10 Ultra, so the company may do the same with the Mi 11 Ultra.

The Mi 11 Lite will be the most affordable smartphone out of the lot and, as such, it won’t feature Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8-series chips. Instead, rumors suggest that the device will launch with a new Snapdragon 7-series chip. According to Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station, the device will feature a yet unannounced Snapdragon 7-series chip, which goes by the model number SM7350. Qualcomm may announce the new chip during, or a few days before, the Mi 11 Lite launch, and it may be called the Snapdragon 775 or the Snapdragon 775G. It will likely be a mid-range chip with a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz and 5G capabilities. As per recent leaks, the SoC will be paired with 6GB of RAM.

New leaks reveal that there will be two variants of the Mi 11 Lite — a 5G variant featuring the aforementioned Snapdragon 775G chip and a 4G variant featuring the Snapdragon 720G chip.

Cameras

The Xiaomi Mi 11 packs a respectable triple camera setup on the back, featuring a 108MP primary camera, a 13MP secondary ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP macro camera. The device uses Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright HMX 108MP sensor for its primary camera that promises great results thanks to Xiaomi’s extensive optimizations.

In our hands-on preview, Ben found that the main camera delivered sharp and vibrant images with excellent dynamic range. The camera offers razor-sharp and fast focusing and good low-light capabilities. The primary sensor also does a great job while capturing video with excellent stabilization. The secondary 13MP wide-angle shooter also does a decent job with stills. However, its video performance isn’t as good as the primary sensor, and it suffers in dynamic range a bit.

Xiaomi Mi 11 back panel

As far as the raw specifications are concerned, the primary 108MP f/1.85 camera boasts of a 1/1.33″ sensor that produces images with 1.6µm large pixels. It offers OIS and AF capabilities. The 13MP f/2.4 wide-angle camera has a 123° FoV, and the 5MP f/2.4 macro camera can get as close as 3cm to the subject. Over on the front, the device features a single 20MP f/2.2 selfie shooter that also produces 1.6µm 4-in-1 Super Pixel images. To get a glimpse of the Mi 11’s real-world camera performance, check out the photo and video samples in the camera section of our hands-on preview.

To complement the impressive camera hardware, Xiaomi has also packed a host of new features in MIUI 12.5. These include enhanced night-mode capabilities with the primary, ultra-wide, and selfie cameras, RAW-level noise reduction for night mode video, six one-click AI cinema features like Parallel World and Freeze Frame Video, a Magic Zoom mode, and more. The Mi 11 also offers support for HDR10+ video recording, a new Pro Time-lapse mode, and AI Erase 2.0 for easy object removal.

Rumors suggest that the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra will feature vastly superior camera hardware when compared with the regular Mi 11. The Pro variant is expected to feature a quad-camera setup consisting of a new 50MP primary shooter with a larger pixel size instead of the 108MP sensor found on the vanilla Mi 11. The other two lenses will likely be the same as the Mi 11, and the device will include an additional 120x telephoto camera.

The Mi 11 Ultra, however, won’t feature a quad-camera setup. As seen in the aforementioned YouTube video, the device will feature a triple-camera setup with the same 50MP primary camera as the Mi 11 Pro, a 48MP wide-angle camera, and a 48MP 120x periscopic telephoto zoom lens. Over on the front, the device will include a single 20MP selfie shooter.

Both variants of the Mi 11 Lite will feature a 64MP primary camera, a 0.6x ultra-wide camera, and a macro camera. However, the Mi 11 Lite 5G will feature Samsung’s 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW2 sensor (S5KGW2), while the Mi 11 Lite 4G will include Samsung’s 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor (S5KGW1). The Mi 11 Lite 4G will also feature an additional depth sensor.

Battery and Charging

The Mi 11 packs a substantial 4,600mAh battery that supports 55W wired fast charging and 50W wireless fast charging. The device also features support for 10W reverse wireless charging, allowing you to charge other devices in a pinch. Sadly, Xiaomi followed in Apple’s footsteps and removed the charger from the box when the device was launched in China. Thankfully though, the company will ship a 55W GaN fast charger in the box to all European buyers at no additional cost.

The Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra will also receive a significant bump in battery capacity and fast charging capabilities. Previous leaks suggest that the devices will pack a 5,000mAh battery with support for 67W fast wired charging and 67W fast wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. Reports also suggest that Xiaomi is working on an even faster 80W fast charging solution, but we can’t be sure if it will debut with the Mi 11 lineup. It’s worth mentioning that while the Mi 10 Ultra from last year featured support for 120W wired fast charging, Xiaomi may not offer the same on the Mi 11 Ultra.

Certification listings of the Mi 11 Lite have revealed that the device will include a smaller 4,150mAh battery. Although we don’t know much about its fast charging capabilities, Xiaomi may offer 33W wired fast charging support on the device, the same as the recently launched Redmi K40 series. According to the latest leaks, the Mi 11 Lite 4G will pack a 4,250mAh battery with support for reverse wireless charging. While the leaks don’t reveal the battery capacity of the 5G variant, they confirm that the device will feature 33W fast charging support.

5G and Connectivity

Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888’s integrated Snapdragon X60 modem-RF system, the Mi 11 offers 5G support across various bands, including n1 / n3 / n5 / n8 / n20 / n28 / n38 / n41 / n77 / n78 / n79. The device also supports dual 5G standby. Along with that, the device features Wi-Fi 6 support, Bluetooth 5.2, multi-functional NFC, and an IR blaster.

The Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra will likely feature the same connectivity options as the vanilla Mi 11. However, Xiaomi may offer Wi-Fi 6E support on the top-of-the-line variant, but we haven’t seen any leaks supporting this claim.

As mentioned earlier, the Mi 11 Lite will come in two variants — a 5G capable version powered by a new Snapdragon 7-series chip and a 4G version featuring the Snapdragon 720G chip. Both the devices will also feature NFC support in the global variant, however, the version launched in India won’t feature NFC.

MIUI 12.5 and Android 11

Although Xiaomi launched the Mi 11 with MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11 in China, the international variant did not launch with the latest software release. Instead, Xiaomi launched it with MIUI 12 based on Android 11 and promised to release the update by Q2 2021. But we have evidence to suggest that the upcoming Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra could very likely launch with MIUI 12.5 out of the box. Before we get to that, though, here’s a quick look at all the new features included in the MIUI 12.5 update:

MIUI 12.5 changelog

  • System:
    • New: Response to gestures is now instant
    • New: With 20 times more rendering power, there are now few limited to what you can see on your screen.
    • New: With custom device model adjustments, any phone becomes faster after the upgrade.
    • Optimization: MIUI became lighter, faster, and more durable.
  •  System Animations:
    • New: A new animation framework renders movement more realistically.
    • New: New UI design is focused on visualization and making your interaction with the device more lifelike.
  •  System Sounds:
    • New: Nature mix is a new exciting way of creating your own notification sound system.
    • New: Hundreds of system sounds that represent animals from all around the world.
    • New: Stereo system sounds.
  •  Super Wallpapers:
    • New: Mount Siguniang super wallpaper.
  •  Privacy Protection:
    • New: Now you can see what apps access your clipboard and control access.
    • New: Using approximate location adds up points to privacy protection.
    • New: You can now manage sensitive permissions and related app behavior independently.
    • New: The behavior of web pages is also tracked now, which helps you to block unwanted and malicious actions.
    • New: Now it’s up to you who and when can track your online behavior.
    • New: All apps now come with a security statement from GetApps.
    • New: Privacy risk scanner.
    • New: Control which apps access and delete items from your Gallery.
    • New: A comprehensive overview of all sensitive permissions.
    • New: You’ll be notified whenever high-risk permissions are used and will be able to block the corresponding actions.
    • Optimization: An all-new privacy protection page.
  •  Notes:
    • New: Compose mind maps with complex structures.
    • New: New tools for doodling and sketching.
    • New: Press and hold a sketch to adjust the strokes automatically.
    • New: A gesture shortcut now allows you to create notes, tasks, and excerpts anywhere.
    • New: Excerpts save texts, URLs, and images to Notes in a few simple taps.
    • New: Dynamix layouts make bring the typography in Notes to a new level.
    • All-new Notes.
  •  MIUI+:
    • You can combine your phone and computer into a single working station.
    • You can view MIUI notifications and open phone apps on your computer.
    • Apps from your phone can be handed off to your computer.
    • The items copied on a phone can now be pasted on the computer and vice versa.
    • Photos and screenshots from a mobile device can be instantly used on a computer.
    • Web pages can be seamlessly handed over from one device to another.
    • You can transfer files to your mobile device using the “MIUI+” panel on your computer.
    • New “File Manager” and “Notes” for computers.
  •  Floating Windows:
    • New: Instant messengers now support floating windows.
    • New: Floating windows can be quickly replaced with fullscreen versions of the apps.
    • New: App flashcards show key info when apps are displayed as floating windows.
    • Learn more about new features in “Special features”.
  •  Xiaomi Health:
    • New: You can measure your heart rate using the camera now.
    • New: Start recording running, walking, and cycling workouts manually, and enjoy lots of online workout classes.
    • Optimization: Automatic workout recognition is much more accurate now.
  •  Home screen:
    • New: “Ripples” animation for downloading apps.
    • New: “Burst” animation for uninstalling apps.
    • New: New design for app folders.
    • New: A vertical layout for Recents.
  •  Casting:
    • New: The aspect ratio is adjusted to the external monitor automatically during casting.
    • New: The audio of the app that’s being cast in a floating window is separated from other audio.
  •  Xiaomi Cloud:
    • New: Password manager allows you to store passwords in the cloud.
    • New: You can share device location with other people in your family sharing group.
    • New: Location information can be recorded automatically before the device powers off.
    • New: Convert images to PDF.
  •  Mi Carrier Services:
    • New: You can manage multiple SIM cards now.
  •  IME:
    • New: A more convenient way to move a cursor using the scrollbar.
    • New: Function buttons support switching between languages and keyboards.
    • New: You can press and hold the function buttons to access more features.
    • New: Custom themes for keyboards.
  •  Themes:
    • New: Font weight adjustment options for third party fonts.
    • Optimization: Personalization features for system wallpapers, animations, and sounds.
  •  Browser:
    • New: Wallpaper customization in the lite mode.
    • Optimization: Redesigned Incognito mode.
    • Optimization: Pages load much faster now.
  •  Mi Family:
    • New: You can manage multiple SIM cards now.
    • Optimization: Revamped device control center.
  •  Search:
    • Optimization: Local search results are sorted automatically now.
    • Optimization: All-new design.

Along with the aforementioned changes, the Mi 11 is also capable of sharing audio with two connected Bluetooth audio accessories at the same time. This will allow you and one of your friends to listen to the same music from your phone without disturbing others. We expect to see similar functionality on the other two devices in the lineup.

Now, coming to the evidence. The aforementioned YouTube video clearly shows the Mi 11 Ultra running a global build of MIUI 12.5. This leads us to believe that Xiaomi may have a stable release ready in time for launch, and the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra may come with MIUI 12.5 out of the box. Even if they don’t, Xiaomi will release the update soon after the launch, as the company has already announced plans to roll out MIUI 12.5 to the Mi 11, Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10T, and Mi 10T Pro in Q2 2021.

Leaked live images of the Mi 11 Lite (attached above) show the device running a global build of MIUI 12 based on Android 11. This leads us to believe that the device may not launch with Xiaomi’s latest MIU 12.5 release. However, if the company has the global build ready in time for launch, it may ship the device with the latest update.

Xiaomi Mi 11: Pricing and Availability

In China, the Mi 11 launched at a starting price of CNY 3,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant. The 8GB +256GB variant of the device is priced at CNY 4,299, while the 12GB + 256GB variant is priced at CNY 4,699. The device is already available for purchase in the country via Xiaomi’s website and all major eCommerce channels.

The Mi 11 is priced at €749 for the 8GB+128GB variant in Europe, with the 8GB + 256GB variant going for €799. Although Xiaomi isn’t offering the 12GB + 256GB SKU in the European market, the company plans to launch a Special Edition version with a unique color-shifting back panel. The company hasn’t released any concrete information about this variant at the moment, except for the fact that it will be available in limited quantities.

Mi 11 Special Edition

Xiaomi is yet to launch the Mi 11 in the Indian market, and we don’t have any pricing or availability details for the region at the moment. We’ll update this post as soon as the company shares all the relevant information.

Similarly, we don’t have pricing and availability details for the upcoming Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra right now, but you can expect them to be slightly more expensive than the regular Mi 11. The Mi 11 Lite 5G, on the other hand, will be relatively cheaper, especially considering that it’s rumored to come with a Snapdragon 7-series SoC, a 64MP triple camera setup, and a flat display. The Mi 11 Lite 4G will be even more affordable since it features a Snapdragon 720G chip and an older 64MP sensor.

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What are your thoughts on the Xiaomi Mi 11 series? Do you think Xiaomi will bring the Mi 11 Ultra to international markets? Let us know in the comments section below!

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OPPO F19 Pro and F19 Pro+ 5G reportedly launching in India next week https://www.xda-developers.com/oppo-f19-pro-plus-pro-5g-launching-india-next-week/ https://www.xda-developers.com/oppo-f19-pro-plus-pro-5g-launching-india-next-week/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:38:21 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=403149 All eyes are set on OPPO’s upcoming Find X3 lineup, which is launching on March 11. But before that, the Chinese company is planning to warm up for the big day by launching two new mid-range smartphones in India: the OPPO F19 Pro and F19 Pro+ 5G. Ahead of their rumored launch next week, both

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All eyes are set on OPPO’s upcoming Find X3 lineup, which is launching on March 11. But before that, the Chinese company is planning to warm up for the big day by launching two new mid-range smartphones in India: the OPPO F19 Pro and F19 Pro+ 5G. Ahead of their rumored launch next week, both devices have been leaked in their full glory.

 

OPPO Find 19 Pro

The leak comes from Ishan Agarwal, who has revealed key specifications of the OPPO F19 Pro and F19 Pro+ 5G along with their official press renders. As per the leak, OPPO is set to unveil the lineup on March 8. Both phones are said to be pretty much identical in most regards but differ in areas such as chipset and charging speeds.

OPPO Find 19 Pro+ 5G

Both the F19 Pro and F19 Pro+ 5G will sport a flat 6.43-inch Super AMOLED punch-hole display on the front with a rectangular module housing a quad-camera array on the back. On the inside, the F19 Pro will reportedly pack a MediaTek Helio P95 chipset, backed by 8GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB flash storage. On the camera side, the F19 Pro has a 48MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and 2MP depth and macro lenses. It’s unclear if the Plus variant will offer different camera hardware or share this aspect with the regular model. But in any case, the 16MP shooter is said to be identical on both models.

F19 Pro+ 5G

Meanwhile, the OPPO F19 Pro+ 5G will be fueled by a more powerful MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256 storage. OPPO will be the second OEM to launch a MediaTek Dimensity-powered smartphone in India, the first being Realme with its Realme X7.

OPPO Find 19 series

In terms of battery, the F19 Pro will pack a 4,310mAh battery with 30W VOOC Flash Charge support. Although the Plus variant’s battery capacity is unknown, the leak says it will come with a 50W fast charger. Moreover, both phones will come equipped with an in-display fingerprints scanner, a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type C port, and Android 11 with ColorOS 11.1 on top. Finally, the OPPO F19 Pro will come in Black, Silver, and Purple colors, while the F19 Pro+ 5G will be offered in Black and Silver options.

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WhatsApp for Android now lets you mute videos before sharing them https://www.xda-developers.com/whatsapp-mute-video-feature-beta/ https://www.xda-developers.com/whatsapp-mute-video-feature-beta/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:57:02 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=393493 WhatsApp is testing a new feature where users will be able to mute videos before sharing them with a contact. The feature is said to have made its way to the latest beta update of WhatsApp with version number 2.21.3.13. Users that are on the latest beta build should have the ability to mute videos

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Update 1 (03/02/2021 @ 08:57 AM ET): WhatsApp’s mute video feature is now rolling out. Click here for more information. The article as published on February 8, 2021, is preserved below.

WhatsApp is testing a new feature where users will be able to mute videos before sharing them with a contact. The feature is said to have made its way to the latest beta update of WhatsApp with version number 2.21.3.13. Users that are on the latest beta build should have the ability to mute videos by tapping on the volume toggle which is available while editing the video right before sharing.

First spotted by WaBetaInfo, it is noteworthy that the ability to mute videos before sharing is already available on Instagram for a while now under direct messaging. Essentially the same feature is being tested under beta and should eventually make its way for all users. The feature was also spotted in a previous beta build in November last year but it seems that it is being rolled out for users to try in the latest beta.

whatsapp mute video feature

Image: WaBetaInfo

Feature additions to the social messaging platform are slow to come. To its credit, the messaging giant recently added an extra layer of security to its platform for users logging into WhatsApp Web and the desktop app. Users who now want to log into WhatsApp on their PC can authenticate a login request using their fingerprint or face data present on their smartphone. This new security layer replaces the old process of scanning a QR code using your smartphone camera, which was fairly simple but deemed as safe.

WhatsApp is also facing a hard time in India after the company announced a new privacy policy last month. The messaging platform faced a lot of backlash for not fully educating its users on the various changes, especially the implications of data sharing with Facebook. While many users were seen moving to alternative apps like Telegram and Signal, the government of India asked WhatsApp to withdraw its new privacy policy immediately. In a letter written to WhatsApp head Will Cathcart, the IT ministry pointed out that the changes raise “grave concerns” when it comes to the implication for choice and autonomy of Indian citizens. The government also said that users in India are being subjected to differential treatment when compared to users in Europe.


Update: WhatsApp’s mute video feature is rolling out in stable

WhatsApp’s mute video feature is rolling out in the stable branch (via FoneArena) for Android users. The feature is accessible to the user in the video editor right before sending a video to someone or when posting a video to their Status. Right below the crop tool, there will a loudspeaker icon, which will allow users to toggle between audio on and muted audio. When muted, the video will be sent to the receiver without any audio in it.

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You can now get your hands on Fossil’s new Gen 5E smartwatches in India https://www.xda-developers.com/fossil-launch-gen-5e-smartwatch-india/ https://www.xda-developers.com/fossil-launch-gen-5e-smartwatch-india/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:35:27 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=392507 Fossil’s latest lineup of Wear OS smartwatches, the Fossil Gen 5E, is finally available for purchase in India. First unveiled back in October last year, the new smartwatches offer almost all the features that you get with the premium Gen 5 lineup but at a more affordable price. Fossil Gen 5E: Specifications Specification Fossil Gen

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Update 1 (03/02/2021 @ 08:36 AM ET): The Michael Kors Access Gen 5E Darci is now on sale in India. Click here for more information. The article as published on February 5, 2021, is preserved below.

Fossil’s latest lineup of Wear OS smartwatches, the Fossil Gen 5E, is finally available for purchase in India. First unveiled back in October last year, the new smartwatches offer almost all the features that you get with the premium Gen 5 lineup but at a more affordable price.

Fossil Gen 5E: Specifications

Specification Fossil Gen 5E
Dimensions
  • 44mm
    • 22mm standard band
  • 42mm
    • 22mm standard band
Display 1.19-inch AMOLED (390 x 390 pixels)
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
RAM 1GB
Storage 4GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC
Sensors Heart rate sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Water resistance 3 ATM
Battery & Charging 300mAh, 50 minutes to 80%
Software Wear OS

The Fossil Gen 5E lineup is based on last year’s Gen 5 series. It’s essentially the same lineup with a couple of missing features. As such, the new Gen 5E smartwatches feature a smaller 1.19-inch AMOLED display with a lower 390 x 390 resolution. They include almost all the fitness tracking features offered on the Gen 5 lineup, including sleep tracking, activity tracking, and continuous heart rate monitoring. You can also use the Fossil Gen 5E smartwatches to make and receive phone calls, control your smart devices with the Google Assistant, and make payments via Google Pay.

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Since the Fossil Gen 5E smartwatches are based on the Gen 5 lineup, they feature similar hardware. They pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 300mAh battery. The watches are also water-resistant up to 3ATM. However, Fossil has shaved off some features to keep the price low. Along with a lower resolution display, the Gen 5E lineup misses out on an ambient light sensor or standalone GPS, its internal storage has been halved to 4GB, and the crown on the watch doesn’t rotate for navigation. As a result, the new lineup is priced around ₹4,500 cheaper than the Gen 5 variants.

Pricing & Availability

The Fossil Gen 5E lineup is priced at ₹18,495, and it’s already up for sale at Fossil’s offline stores, the company’s website, Flipkart, and Myntra. The lineup includes two size variants — 42mm and 44mm — and a bunch of colorways. However, the pricing remains constant across all models.


Update: Michael Kors Access Gen 5E Darci smartwatches can now be purchased in India

The Michael Kors Access Gen 5E Darci was launched globally back in CES 2021, and the smartwatch is now available to purchase in India. You can buy it from Amazon.in for ₹25,995 (~$355).

    Michael Kors Access Gen 5E Darci
    The Michael Kors Access Gen 5E Darci features a premium design and all the smartness you'd expect from a Wear S smartwatch. You get a nice OLED display, activity tracking, sleep monitoring, continuous heart rate monitoring, NFC and even Google Assistant support. Plus, you get that Michael Kors brand look to accentuate your social worth.

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OnePlus 9 series: Here’s everything we know about the next flagship series from OnePlus! https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-9/ https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-9/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:22:24 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=394277 2020 was a monumental year for OnePlus. The company started it off with the launch of its first “true” flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 8 Pro, which was followed by the company’s first mid-ranger in five years — the OnePlus Nord. OnePlus then further expanded its portfolio to include a couple of budget-friendly devices in the

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2020 was a monumental year for OnePlus. The company started it off with the launch of its first “true” flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 8 Pro, which was followed by the company’s first mid-ranger in five years — the OnePlus Nord. OnePlus then further expanded its portfolio to include a couple of budget-friendly devices in the Nord lineup, and the company even dipped its toes in the TWS earbuds space. This year, we’re expecting the company to dial things up a notch and bring some much-needed refinements to its wide range of products, starting with its flagship lineup for 2021 — the OnePlus 9 series.

OnePlus is expected to unveil the OnePlus 9 series sometime next month, and the series is rumored to feature three devices this time. Over the last few months, we’ve seen plenty of leaks about these devices, and here’s everything we know about them so far!

OnePlus 9 series: Release Date

Shortly after the launch of the OnePlus 8T last year, we saw the first leak about the OnePlus 9 series. The leak revealed that OnePlus was planning on launching its next-gen flagship devices four weeks ahead of schedule. If that is, in fact, the case, the OnePlus 9 series could be unveiled sometime next month. While OnePlus has neither confirmed nor denied this rumor, Samsung’s move to launch the Galaxy S21 series much earlier than usual gives OnePlus plenty of reason to prepone its timeline as well.

OnePlus 9 series — Regular, Pro, and Lite variants

Unlike previous years, OnePlus is expected to launch three new devices as part of the OnePlus 9 series — the regular OnePlus 9, the flagship OnePlus 9 Pro, and a more-affordable OnePlus 9 Lite/9E/9R. While we’ve already seen plenty of leaks confirming the existence of the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro, details about the OnePlus 9 Lite have been scarce so far. Rumors suggest that the affordable flagship will either be called the OnePlus 9 Lite or the OnePlus 9E and that it will feature similar hardware to the OnePlus 8T. Latest leaks reveal that the affordable flagship may be called the OnePlus 9R.

It’s also worth noting that the OnePlus 9 series is, most likely, codenamed “lemonade,” according to evidence spotted in the Settings APK from Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 8 series late last year. The lineup will include five variants, including lemonade, lemonadev, lemonadev, lemonadep, and lemonadept. Based on our understanding of OnePlus codenames, we believe that these devices would be:

  • lemonade — OnePlus 9
  • lemonadet — T-Mobile OnePlus 9
  • lemonadev — Verizon OnePlus 9
  • lemonadep — OnePlus 9 Pro
  • lemonadept — T-Mobile OnePlus 9 Pro

The existence of five variants has also been confirmed by a separate leak, which lists the model numbers of the devices. According to the leak, the OnePlus 9 will go by the model numbers LE2110, LE2117, and LE2110, and the OnePlus 9 Pro will go by the model numbers LE2120 and LE2127. As of now, we haven’t been able to confirm the codename or model number of the OnePlus 9R.

It’s worth mentioning that when information first started popping up about the OnePlus 8 series last year, we saw plenty of leaks and rumors about a third, more affordable, device in the lineup. While this device did exist, it wasn’t launched alongside the OnePlus 8 series and it debuted as the OnePlus Nord later in the year. Therefore, it’s possible that the alleged OnePlus 9R is nothing but a OnePlus Nord successor that may not launch alongside the OnePlus 9 series next month.

Along with the three devices, OnePlus will also launch its first smartwatch at the upcoming event. The OnePlus Watch has leaked extensively over the last few months, and you can read more about it by following this link.

Design

Over the last few months, we’ve seen several leaked live images and renders of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro that have given us a good look at their updated design. Here’s a brief overview of everything we’ve learned from the leaked images so far:

OnePlus 9

We got our first look at the OnePlus 9 in November last year when leaked renders of the device first popped up online. The renders revealed that the OnePlus 9 would feature a new back panel design, more in line with other phones that we’ve seen in the last couple of months. As you can see in the attached image, the device features a new rectangular camera island in the top-right corner with 3 sensors and an LED flash.

Leaked CAD renders of the OnePlus 9 on black background

Over on the front, the OnePlus 9 features a flat display with a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera in the top left corner. The leak also revealed that the OnePlus 9 would feature a 6.55-inch display that will offer a peak refresh rate of 120Hz. It’s worth noting that while a prominent OnePlus leaker had expressed his doubts about these leaked renders, the design was confirmed shortly thereafter when we first saw leaked live images of the device.

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The live images shed more light on the design, showcasing the glossy back panel finish, Ultrashot branding on the camera module, and an unusual logo instead of OnePlus branding. The live images also revealed that the device would feature a secondary noise-canceling mic on the top edge, a USB Type-C port at the bottom sandwiched between the speaker grille and SIM card slot, and the usual button layout on the left and right edges.

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Furthermore, the report revealed that the device would feature a 6.5-inch hole-punch display with a peak refresh rate of 120Hz and FHD+ resolution (2400 x 1080p). It’s also worth mentioning that a prototype of the OnePlus 9 5G was sold on eBay for a whopping $6,000 late last year. The listing included a couple of live images of the device, which appear to be the same as those attached above.

OxygenUpdater recently unearthed information about all OnePlus 9 series color variants that will be available at the time of launch. According to them, the vanilla OnePlus 9 will be available in three colorways — Astral Black, Arctic Sky, and Winter Mist. The T-Mobile version of the device, on the other hand, will be available in two colorways — Astral Black and Winter Mist — and the Verizon version will be available in Gloss Black and Gloss gradient purple variants.

OnePlus 9 Pro

Renowned leaker OnLeaks first shared renders of the OnePlus 9 Pro back in November last year. The renders revealed that the device would feature a design similar to the OnePlus 9, albeit with a larger camera island containing an additional sensor and a rectangular LED flash. We also learned that it would feature a larger 6.7-inch curved display with a left-aligned hole-punch cutout.

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Recently, YouTuber Dave2D gave us our first look at live images of a OnePlus 9 Pro prototype with Hasselblad branding on the camera module. The video confirmed that OnePlus’ flagship model would feature a curved display with a left-aligned hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera, a quad-camera setup on the back with two large and two small sensors, a circular LED flash (unlike the rectangular one seen in the previous renders), a laser AF sensor, and a rear-facing microphone in the camera island.

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The live images also confirmed that the device would feature a QHD+ 120Hz display, a slimmer metal frame, and the same glossy gray finish like the one we saw in the leaked OnePlus 9 live images.

The leaked information shared by OxygenUpdater suggests that the OnePlus 9 Pro will launch in three colorways — Stellar Black, Forest Green, and Morning Mist. However, the T-Mobile variant of the device will only be available in the Morning Mist colorway.

OnePlus 9R

We currently haven’t seen any leaked renders or live images of the OnePlus 9R. We’ll update this post as soon as they surface online. The only bit of information we have about the OnePlus 9R’s design is that it may feature a plastic back panel and a “more mainstream design” to differentiate itself from the OnePlus 8T.


OnePlus 9 series: Leaked Specifications

Specifications OnePlus 9 OnePlus 9 Pro OnePlus 9R
Build Plastic back
Dimensions & Weight
Display
  • 6.55″ FHD+ AMOLED
  • Left-aligned hole-punch
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Flat panel
  • 6.7″ QHD+ LTPO AMOLED
  • Left-aligned hole-punch
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Curved panel
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
RAM & Storage
  • 8GB LPDDR5 + 128GB UFS 3.1
  • 12GB LPDDR5 + 128GB UFS 3.1
Battery & Charging
  • 4,500mAh
  • 65W wired fast charging
  • 30W wireless charging
  • Reverse wireless charging
  • 65W charger included in the box
  • 4,500mAh
  • 65W wired fast charging
  • 45W wireless charging
  • Reverse wireless charging
  • 65W charger included in the box
Security In-Display Fingerprint Scanner In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
Rear Camera(s)
  • Primary: 48MP
  • Secondary: 48MP ultra-wide
  • Tertiary: 
Front Camera(s)
Port(s) USB Type-C USB Type-C
Audio
Connectivity
Software OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11
Other Features
Colors Astral Black, Arctic Sky, Winter Mist, Gloss Black (Verizon), Gloss gradient purple (Verizon) Stellar Black, Forest Green, Morning Most

OnePlus 9

As mentioned earlier, the OnePlus 9 allegedly features a 6.55-inch HD+ display with a peak refresh rate of 120Hz. The device will, most likely, feature Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chip, which will be paired with at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. A recent leak from reliable OnePlus leaker Max J. suggests that it will pack a 4,500mAh battery, with a leak from late last year revealing that it will support 65W wired fast charging, 30W wireless charging, and even reverse wireless charging. The leaker also claimed that the device will ship with a 65W charger in the box.

While information about the camera setup on the OnePlus 9 has been scarce so far, a report from 91mobiles claims that it will include a 48MP primary camera with a focal length of 6mm, a 48MP ultra-wide camera, and an unspecified third sensor. We suspect that the third camera could either be a monochrome sensor or a macro sensor. Currently, we haven’t seen any details about the selfie camera.

An APK teardown of the OnePlus Camera app has also revealed that the company may introduce several new camera features with the OnePlus 9 series. These include a Tilt-shift mode, Focus peaking, a Moon mode, and more. You can read more about these features by following this link.

A separate leak from TechDroider has shed more light on some of the key specifications of the OnePlus 9. The leak confirms that the device will feature Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chip, coupled with 8GB of RAM, a 6.55-inch FHD+ display that will offer a peak refresh rate of 120Hz.

The leak also reveals some details about the camera hardware, claiming that the device will sport a 12MP rear-facing camera and a 4.1MP front-facing camera. However, based on previous leaks, we suspect that these numbers signify the output resolution of these sensors and not the resolution of the sensors themselves. The OnePlus 9 will likely employ quad pixel binning to deliver the aforementioned 12MP and 4.1MP images, meaning that the device will feature a 48MP rear-facing camera and a 16MP front-facing camera.

OnePlus 9 Pro

The flagship model in the OnePlus 9 lineup will feature a larger 6.7-inch QHD+ curved display with a peak refresh rate of 120Hz. As with the OnePlus 9, the 9 Pro will most likely feature the Snapdragon 888 SoC. However, live images of the device suggest that it will come with up to 12GB of RAM. As far as the storage is concerned, OnePlus will probably include at least 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage on the device, and it may go up to 512GB on the top model.

Surprisingly, the OnePlus 9 Pro is rumored to feature the same battery capacity as the non-pro variant — 4,500mAh. If that’s the case, the device may struggle to last a full day with its QHD+ display running at 120Hz. However, the rumored 65W wired fast charging support will address this to a great extent. As with its predecessor, the OnePlus 9 Pro will also feature wireless charging support. But this time around, it’s rumored to include support for much faster 45W wireless charging.

While we don’t know much about the OnePlus 9 Pro’s camera hardware, we can expect it to be better than what the company will offer with the OnePlus 9. For now, we only know that OnePlus is working with Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad to develop the camera system for its upcoming flagship.

A new leak from prominent OnePlus leaker Max Jambor reveals that the OnePlus 9 Pro may feature an LTPO display, instead of the standard LTPS AMOLED panel used on older models. For the unaware, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy S21 Ultra also feature an LTPO display, which draws less power and supports adaptive refresh rates without requiring additional hardware. Therefore, we can expect to see variable refresh rate support on the OnePlus 9 Pro.

OnePlus 9R

Back in December last year, an Android Central report revealed that the OnePlus 9R will feature similar hardware to the OnePlus 8T. The report claimed that the device will come equipped with a Snapdragon 865 chip, a 90Hz or 120Hz AMOLED panel, and 65W fast charging support. It further added that the device would feature the same camera setup as the OnePlus 8T.

Although we can’t confirm or deny the display and fast charging specifications at the moment, we have reason to believe that the OnePlus 9R will come equipped with the new Snapdragon 870 chip. The new chipset, which is merely a faster version of the Snapdragon 865, was unveiled earlier this year, and during the launch announcement, Qualcomm had revealed that it will make an appearance on a OnePlus device later this year. This, coupled with information shared in the aforementioned report, leads us to believe that the device will pack the newer Snapdragon 870 chip and not the Snapdragon 865.


OnePlus 9 series: Price & Availability

The price of OnePlus phones has crept up steadily over the years, and we expect the same to happen this year. While we haven’t seen concrete leaks about the pricing yet, OnePlus may launch the OnePlus 9 around the same price as the OnePlus 8T. The device will likely go on sale at a starting price of around $750 for the 8GB/128GB variant.

The OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, might be slightly more expensive than the OnePlus 8 Pro. The device could launch around the $950 mark, given the fact that it’s expected to feature a premium camera setup. The OnePlus 9R will be priced around $600, according to a report from Android Central.

Noted leaker Evan Blass has revealed that the OnePlus 9 series will be available for pre-order starting March 23rd and those who pre-book a OnePlus 9 will get a free pair of OnePlus Buds Z with the device. Those who pre-book the OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, will get a free pair of Buds Z Steve Harrington Edition with the device.

Based on the leaks and rumors that we’ve seen so far, the OnePlus 9 series is shaping up to be quite a compelling lineup. While I am looking forward to testing the new camera system on the OnePlus 9 Pro, I’m most excited about the OnePlus 9R. It’s expected to usher in a new breed of affordable flagship killers that OnePlus fans have been clamoring for over the last few years, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

What’s your opinion of OnePlus’ upcoming flagship lineup? Is there any particular feature or improvement that you’d want to see on the devices? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Google Chrome’s Commander feature will surface common commands as you type https://www.xda-developers.com/google-chrome-commander-feature-surface-common-commands/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-chrome-commander-feature-surface-common-commands/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:57:26 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=403065 Google is experimenting with a new feature in Chrome that will make it easier to access browser features and settings with a few simple keystrokes. This new feature, called Commander, is currently available in Chrome Canary 91. Google describes it as a “text interface to common chromium functionality.” The purpose of the Commander (via Techdows)

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Google is experimenting with a new feature in Chrome that will make it easier to access browser features and settings with a few simple keystrokes. This new feature, called Commander, is currently available in Chrome Canary 91. Google describes it as a “text interface to common chromium functionality.”

The purpose of the Commander (via Techdows) is to let you quickly execute various browsing actions without having to remember or press awkward key combinations. It acts as a universal search bar for all browser shortcuts, menus, settings, and more. To access the Commander, you’ll need to enable its feature flag first. To do so, type chrome://flags/ in the address bar, and from there, search for Commander. Once you locate it, enable its flag and relaunch Chrome. Now, hold the Ctrl key and press the spacebar. A small pop-up search bar will open up at the top.

Chrome Commander flag Chrome Commander search bar

As soon as you start entering letters inside this box, a drop-down menu will surface a list of actions, commands, and settings relevant to your letter. For example, if I type “g,” I get suggestions for opening New Google Meet, New Google Form, New Google Sheet, Show Settings, and so on. Similarly, if I enter “o,” I get “Open bookmark,” Open recently closed tab, Open the file, Zoom out, etc. Clicking on one of these suggestions will execute the given activity or task.

Chrome Commander shorcuts

The Commander search bar hovers over at the top and can be summoned from any screen. If you’re not well-versed with various esoteric browser shortcut keys and combinations, Commander can definitely make your browsing life a lot easier.

Chrome Commander is very similar in concept to Chrome Action, which allows users to perform common actions such as clearing browsing data, opening incognito mode, translating a page, and more right from the address bar.

The Commander is available in Chrome Canary 92 for Windows, Linux, and Mac.

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Download: MIUI 12.5 Closed Beta for Xiaomi and Redmi devices [Update: March 1 builds] https://www.xda-developers.com/download-miui-12-closed-beta-xiaomi-redmi-devices/ https://www.xda-developers.com/download-miui-12-closed-beta-xiaomi-redmi-devices/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:30:53 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=302695 The latest version of Xiaomi’s custom Android skin – MIUI 12.5 – is finally here. The first incremental update over MIUI 12 has been unveiled at the Mi 11 launch event in China. Compared to MIUI 12, the stable version of which was released less than six months ago, MIUI 12.5 brings in a slew

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The latest version of Xiaomi’s custom Android skin – MIUI 12.5 – is finally here. The first incremental update over MIUI 12 has been unveiled at the Mi 11 launch event in China. Compared to MIUI 12, the stable version of which was released less than six months ago, MIUI 12.5 brings in a slew of improvements, visual overhauls, and a handful of new features. We have already extracted the new live wallpapers, and now we are presenting the downloading links of the first set of MIUI 12.5 beta firmware packages for a bunch of Xiaomi, Redmi, and POCO devices.

It is worth mentioning that these closed beta builds are meant for the Chinese variants, as Xiaomi suspended the rollout of MIUI global beta last year. As a consequence, you have to flash these recovery ROMs using TWRP to bypass the MIUI beta account whitelisting. Do not expect Google Play Services or any pre-installed Google apps in them. Language options are likely limited to English and Chinese only, too. Xiaomi has yet to launch MIUI 12.5 globally. Meanwhile, you can try out the closed betas from China.

The beta MIUI 12.5 builds listed below are based on either Android 10 or Android 11, depending on the device. If you are looking for MIUI 12 stable releases, you can find those here.

Download: MIUI 12.5

You can download the latest beta of MIUI 12.5 for your device from the links below. You can also visit our linked forums in case you need further assistance. While all of these download links are directly from Xiaomi, users are advised to proceed at their own risk. We warn you once again, this is not intended for the average consumer and is recommended only for users comfortable with flashing ROMs.

Sr. No. Device, Device Codename, XDA Forum Link Android Version Download Link (21.3.1)
1. Redmi 10X 5G (atom) Android 11 Download
2. Mi 10T / Redmi K30S (apollo) Android 11 Download
3. Redmi Note 8 Pro (begonia) Android 11 Download
4. Redmi 10X Pro (bomb) Android 11 Download
5. Redmi Note 9 5G [China] / Redmi Note 9T (cannon) Android 11 Download
6. Mi 10 Ultra (cas) Android 11 Download
7. Mi 9 (cepheus) Android 11 Download
8. Redmi K30 Ultra (cezanne) Android 11 Download
9. Mi 10 Pro (cmi) Android 11 Download
10. Mi 9 Pro 5G (crux) Android 11 Download
11. Redmi K20 / Mi 9T (davinci) Android 11 Download
12. Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite / Mi 10i / Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G (gauguin) Android 11 Download
13. Redmi Note 8 (ginkgo) Android 11 Download
14. Mi 9 SE (grus) Android 11 Download
15. Mi CC9e (laurus) Android 10 Download
16. Redmi Note 7/7S (lavender) Android 10 Download
17. Redmi Note 9 4G [China] / Redmi 9 Power / Redmi 9T (lime) Android 11 Download
18. Redmi K30 Pro / POCO F2 Pro (lmi) Android 11 Download
19. POCO X2 / Redmi K30 4G (phoenix) Android 11 Download
20. Redmi K30 5G (picasso) Android 11 Download
21. Redmi K30i 5G (picasso48m) Android 11 Download
22. Mi 9 Lite / Mi CC9 (pyxis) Android 11 Download
23. Redmi K20 Pro / Mi 9T Pro (raphael) Android 11 Download
24. Mi Note 10 / Mi CC9 Pro (tucana) Android 11 Download
25. Mi 10 (umi) Android 11 Download
26. Mi 10 Youth Edition / Mi 10 Lite Zoom (vangogh) Android 11 Download
27. Mi CC9 Meitu Edition (vela) Android 11 Download
28. Xiaomi Mi 11 (venus) Android 11 Download
29. Redmi Note 7 Pro (violet) Android 10 Download

Links for the previous beta builds of MIUI 12.5 are preserved as well:

MIUI 12.5 (21.2.24) Download Links

Sr. No. Device, Device Codename, XDA Forum Link Android Version Download Link (21.2.24)
1. Redmi 10X 5G (atom) Android 11 Download
2. Mi 10T / Redmi K30S (apollo) Android 11 Download
3. Redmi Note 8 Pro (begonia) Android 11 Download
4. Redmi 10X Pro (bomb) Android 11 Download
5. Redmi Note 9 5G [China] / Redmi Note 9T (cannon) Android 11 Download
6. Mi 10 Ultra (cas) Android 11 Download
7. Mi 9 (cepheus) Android 11 Download
8. Redmi K30 Ultra (cezanne) Android 11 Download
9. Mi 10 Pro (cmi) Android 11 Download
10. Mi 9 Pro 5G (crux) Android 11 Download
11. Redmi K20 / Mi 9T (davinci) Android 11 Download
12. Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite / Mi 10i / Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G (gauguin) Android 11 Download
13. Redmi Note 8 (ginkgo) Android 11 Download
14. Mi 9 SE (grus) Android 11 Download
15. Mi CC9e (laurus) Android 10 Download
16. Redmi Note 7/7S (lavender) Android 10 Download
17. Redmi Note 9 4G [China] / Redmi 9 Power / Redmi 9T (lime) Android 11 Download
18. Redmi K30 Pro / POCO F2 Pro (lmi) Android 11 Download
19. POCO X2 / Redmi K30 4G (phoenix) Android 11 Download
20. Redmi K30 5G (picasso) Android 11 Download
21. Redmi K30i 5G (picasso48m) Android 11 Download
22. Mi 9 Lite / Mi CC9 (pyxis) Android 11 Download
23. Redmi K20 Pro / Mi 9T Pro (raphael) Android 11 Download
24. Mi Note 10 / Mi CC9 Pro (tucana) Android 11 Download
25. Mi 10 (umi) Android 11 Download
26. Mi 10 Youth Edition / Mi 10 Lite Zoom (vangogh) Android 11 Download
27. Mi CC9 Meitu Edition (vela) Android 11 Download
28. Xiaomi Mi 11 (venus) Android 11 Download
29. Redmi Note 7 Pro (violet) Android 10 Download

Older builds archive — MIUI 12 China Closed Beta for Xiaomi and Redmi devices


Changelog

The full changelog for MIUI 12.5 beta, when updating from MIUI 12, is as follows:

MIUI 12.5 Full Changelog

  • Highlights:
    • MIUI 12.5. Yours alone.
  • System:
    • New: Response to gestures is now instant
    • New: With 20 times more rendering power, there are now few limited to what you can see on your screen.
    • New: With custom device model adjustments, any phone becomes faster after the upgrade.
    • Optimization: MIUI became lighter, faster, and more durable.
  • System Animations:
    • New: A new animation framework renders movement more realistically.
    • New: New UI design is focused on visualization and making your interaction with the device more lifelike.
  • System Sounds:
    • New: Nature mix is a new exciting way of creating your own notification sound system.
    • New: Hundreds of system sounds that represent animals from all around the world.
    • New: Stereo system sounds.
  • Super Wallpapers:
    • New: Mount Siguniang super wallpaper.
  • Privacy Protection:
    • New: Now you can see what apps access your clipboard and control access.
    • New: Using approximate location adds up points to privacy protection.
    • New: You can now manage sensitive permissions and related app behavior independently.
    • New: The behavior of web pages is also tracked now, which helps you to block unwanted and malicious actions.
    • New: Now it’s up to you who and when can track your online behavior.
    • New: All apps now come with a security statement from GetApps.
    • New: Privacy risk scanner.
    • New: Control which apps access and delete items from your Gallery.
    • New: A comprehensive overview of all sensitive permissions.
    • New: You’ll be notified whenever high-risk permissions are used and will be able to block the corresponding actions.
    • Optimization: An all-new privacy protection page.
  • Notes:
    • New: Compose mind maps with complex structures.
    • New: New tools for doodling and sketching.
    • New: Press and hold a sketch to adjust the strokes automatically.
    • New: A gesture shortcut now allows you to create notes, tasks, and excerpts anywhere.
    • New: Excerpts save texts, URLs, and images to Notes in a few simple taps.
    • New: Dynamix layouts make bring the typography in Notes to a new level.
    • All-new Notes.
  • MIUI+:
    • You can combine your phone and computer into a single working station.
    • You can view MIUI notifications and open phone apps on your computer.
    • Apps from your phone can be handed off to your computer.
    • The items copied on a phone can now be pasted on the computer and vice versa.
    • Photos and screenshots from a mobile device can be instantly used on a computer.
    • Web pages can be seamlessly handed over from one device to another.
    • You can transfer files to your mobile device using the “MIUI+” panel on your computer.
    • New “File Manager” and “Notes” for computers.
  • Floating Windows:
    • New: Instant messengers now support floating windows.
    • New: Floating windows can be quickly replaced with fullscreen versions of the apps.
    • New: App flashcards show key info when apps are displayed as floating windows.
    • Learn more about new features in “Special features”/
  • Xiaomi Health:
    • New: You can measure your heart rate using the camera now.
    • New: Start recording running, walking, and cycling workouts manually, and enjoy lots of online workout classes.
    • Optimization: Automatic workout recognition is much more accurate now.
  • Home screen:
    • New: “Ripples” animation for downloading apps.
    • New: “Burst” animation for uninstalling apps.
    • New: New design for app folders.
    • New: A vertical layout for Recents.
  • Casting:
    • New: The aspect ratio is adjusted to the external monitor automatically during casting.
    • New: The audio of the app that’s being cast in a floating window is separated from other audio.
  • Xiaomi Cloud:
    • New: Password manager allows you to store passwords in the cloud.
    • New: You can share device location with other people in your family sharing group.
    • New: Location information can be recorded automatically before the device powers off.
    • New: Convert images to PDF.
  • Mi Carrier Services:
    • New: You can manage multiple SIM cards now.
  • IME:
    • New: A more convenient way to move a cursor using the scrollbar.
    • New: Function buttons support switching between languages and keyboards.
    • New: You can press and hold the function buttons to access more features.
    • New: Custom themes for keyboards.
  • Themes:
    • New: Font weight adjustment options for third party fonts.
    • Optimization: Personalization features for system wallpapers, animations, and sounds.
  • Browser:
    • New: Wallpaper customization in the lite mode.
    • Optimization: Redesigned Incognito mode.
    • Optimization: Pages load much faster now.
  • Mi Family:
    • New: You can manage multiple SIM cards now.
    • Optimization: Revamped device control center.
  • Search:
    • Optimization: Local search results are sorted automatically now.
    • Optimization: All-new design.


Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer yshalsager and XDA Member kacskrz for providing these download links!

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Realme ups its game with a 108MP camera and other improvements on the Realme 8 series https://www.xda-developers.com/realme-108mp-camera-improvements-realme-8-series/ https://www.xda-developers.com/realme-108mp-camera-improvements-realme-8-series/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:12:12 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=403045 Realme today hosted a Camera Innovation Event to showcase all the new hardware and software innovations that will make an appearance on the upcoming Realme 8 series. To kick things off, the company first announced that the upcoming Realme 8 Pro will pack a 108MP primary camera with 3x in-sensor zoom capabilities and a new

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Realme today hosted a Camera Innovation Event to showcase all the new hardware and software innovations that will make an appearance on the upcoming Realme 8 series. To kick things off, the company first announced that the upcoming Realme 8 Pro will pack a 108MP primary camera with 3x in-sensor zoom capabilities and a new clarity enhancement algorithm. It then showcased a couple of new software features, including a Starry Mode with time-lapse video, tilt-shift photography, and more, that will debut with the upcoming devices. Here’s everything you need to know about the new camera features:

108MP primary camera on the Realme 8 Pro

The upcoming Realme 8 Pro will feature Samsung’s ISOCELL HM2 low-profile sensor that was announced in September last year. The sensor is 15 percent smaller than its 0.8μm-based predecessors and reduces the camera module’s height by 10 percent. Along with that, the sensor offers nine-pixel binning technology, ISOCELL Plus, Smart ISO, and 3x lossless zoom.

Realme has rebranded the sensor’s lossless zoom capabilities as “in-sensor zoom” and has added a new clarity enhancement algorithm to the mix to deliver high clarity images that can match or even exceed the performance offered by a 3x optical telephoto camera in terms of sharpness.

Starry Mode with time-lapse video

Realme Starry Mode

The upcoming Realme 8 series will also be the first to offer a new Starry Mode that will let users capture starry time-lapse videos. The company explained that the new mode uses an exclusive time-lapse video algorithm based on starry photos to deliver impressive time-lapse videos. The mode takes just 480 seconds to shoot up to 30 photos of the night sky to generate a 1-second time-lapse video.

Tilt-shift photography

Realme will also introduce a new software-enabled tilt-shift photography mode with the Realme 8 series. This mode will use Realme’s new tilt-shift photography algorithm to capture tilt-shift photos. On top of that, the Realme 8 Pro will also be capable of capturing tilt-shift time-lapse videos.

Realme tilt shift mode

The tilt-shift photography mode will give users a bunch of customization options to help them configure the shape, angle, position, and size of the bokeh effect. It will also include an option to change the transition effect between the part of the image that’s in focus and the part that’s not.

New Portrait filters

The Realme 8 series will also come with a couple of new Portrait filters to help users capture impressive portrait shots. These include Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, and AI Color Portrait. Here are a couple of images showcasing the kind of portrait photos you can capture with these new modes:

Neon Portrait mode Dynamic bokeh portrait mode AI Color portrait

Along with the aforementioned features, Realme also announced that going forward its number series will focus on bringing new camera innovations to the market. In an interaction with Realme regarding these new features, we also learned that the tilt-shift feature wouldn’t be limited to the primary camera on the Realme 8 series. The company also revealed that users will be able to zoom in/zoom out while recording tilt-shift videos and even apply filters to the videos.

When we asked why Realme chose to go with Samsung’s 108MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor instead of the 50MP GN1 sensor if they wanted to provide better low light capabilities, the company revealed that the demand from users for the 108MP sensor was higher. Hence, it chose to go with the higher megapixel count and fine-tuned the low light features accordingly.

We also asked if the company had plans to continue using the same 108MP sensor on upcoming devices and fine-tune its performance as it did with the 64MP sensor last year. Company representatives confirmed that Realme will launch more devices with the 108MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor or better this year and introduce software optimizations along the way to improve its performance even further.

What’s your take on Realme’s decision to focus on bringing camera innovations with its number series? Do you think the upcoming Realme 8 series will be able to compete with the Redmi Note 10 lineup based on its camera chops alone? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Latest OxygenOS Open Beta brings Always-On Display feature to OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T https://www.xda-developers.com/latest-oxygenos-open-beta-always-on-display-oneplus-7-7t/ https://www.xda-developers.com/latest-oxygenos-open-beta-always-on-display-oneplus-7-7t/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:29:00 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=403003 OnePlus users have long lobbied for the Always-On Display feature to be included in OxygenOS. The company finally budged and promised to bring the feature to OnePlus phones with the OxygenOS 11 update. Making good on its promise, the company brought the Always-On ambient display functionality on the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7T

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OnePlus users have long lobbied for the Always-On Display feature to be included in OxygenOS. The company finally budged and promised to bring the feature to OnePlus phones with the OxygenOS 11 update. Making good on its promise, the company brought the Always-On ambient display functionality on the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7T Pro in OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 2 last month. To the surprise of many OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T users, however, the feature wasn’t made available for their device — however, it was still possible to enable it. But that changes now as OnePlus is preparing to bring the AOD mode for both phones.

The changelog for the latest OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 3 for the OnePlus 7T mentions that Always-On Display will be made available for the OnePlus 7 and 7T in a future update. As spotted by PiunikaWeb, however, the feature is actually included in the Open Beta 3 update for the OnePlus 7 and 7T — it’s just that the original changelog shared by OnePlus on their forums fails to reflect this (the changelog on the website does note this, however).

If you own either a OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7T running OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 3, you can access the Always-On Display under Settings > Utilities > OnePlus Laboratory > Always-On ambient display. As reported by many users, however, it’s quite buggy at the moment. For some, it straight up doesn’t work at all. OnePlus warns that enabling AOD will lead to increased power draw in its current implementation but says it would work on optimizing the feature in the upcoming updates.

OnePlus 7 Forums ||| OnePlus 7T Forums

As already mentioned, Always-On Display is currently only available to OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T running the latest Open Beta release. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of wiping data and joining the Open Beta program, it’s best to wait for the stable update as it will most probably be included in the final release of OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11.

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Download: Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite and Redmi K20 get their first Android 11-based MIUI 12 builds https://www.xda-developers.com/download-xiaomi-mi-10t-lite-redmi-k20-first-android-11-based-miui-12-build/ https://www.xda-developers.com/download-xiaomi-mi-10t-lite-redmi-k20-first-android-11-based-miui-12-build/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:05:11 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=402931 After rolling out Android 11-based MIUI 12 updates to a slew of Mi and Redmi phones last month, Xiaomi is back again with fresh MIUI 12 builds for the Redmi K20 / Mi 9T (davinci) and Mi 10T Lite / Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G [China] / Mi 10i [India] (gauguin). The Redmi K20 /

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After rolling out Android 11-based MIUI 12 updates to a slew of Mi and Redmi phones last month, Xiaomi is back again with fresh MIUI 12 builds for the Redmi K20 / Mi 9T (davinci) and Mi 10T Lite / Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G [China] / Mi 10i [India] (gauguin).

The Redmi K20 / Mi 9T is receiving the MIUI 12 update with a build number V12.1.1.0RFJCNXM. This is a stable beta build. If no serious bugs are found, the same build will be rolled out as the final stable release. Those with an authorized Mi Account will be able to sideload the new update on their device. If you’re part of the beta testing group, you should receive this update via OTA soon.

The Redmi K20 / Mi 9T was launched with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with MIUI 11 on top. It was eventually updated to Android 10 and received a stable MIUI 12 update in June last year.

Meanwhile, the Mi 10T Lite / Mi 10i / Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G (China) has also received a new build of the Android 11-based MIUI 12. The update carries build version V12.0.1.0.RJSEUXM and is a beta build (and not stable-beta — yes, we know this is confusing). This is the second beta build for the Mi 10T / Mi 10i, with the first being the V12.0.2.0.RJSMIXM that rolled out last month for the Global region.

If you’re interested in trying out Android 11 on your Redmi K20 or Mi 10T / Mi 10i device, you can download and sideload the update manually from the links given below. Keep in mind that you must have a custom recovery like TWRP installed on your phone in order to flash this update.

Device / XDA Forum link Build number Recovery ROM
Redmi K20 / Mi 9T V12.1.1.0RFJCNXM Download Link
Mi 10T Lite / Mi 10i V12.0.2.0.RJSMIXM Download Link

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can also try out the bleeding edge MIUI 12.5 closed beta — which is available for both phones.


Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer yshalsager for providing the download links!

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Windows 10 bug can corrupt drives with a single command, patched on latest Insider build https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-10-ntfs-disk-corruption-bug/ https://www.xda-developers.com/windows-10-ntfs-disk-corruption-bug/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 09:40:37 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=402995 Windows 10 is currently facing yet another bug that can potentially corrupt an NTFS formatted drive. The bug can be triggered by simply accessing a particular path or opening a specially made file. Reports suggest that Microsoft was supposed to roll out a fix last month. However, it has only managed to release the same

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Windows 10 is currently facing yet another bug that can potentially corrupt an NTFS formatted drive. The bug can be triggered by simply accessing a particular path or opening a specially made file. Reports suggest that Microsoft was supposed to roll out a fix last month. However, it has only managed to release the same for users on the Windows 10 Insider Build.

The bug was spotted by BleepingComputer last month. It was reported that it allowed almost any user, including low privilege users, to corrupt an NTFS-formatted hard drive with just a single-line command. Once executed, Windows tries to access the path only to end up with an error saying that “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable”, eventually marking the drive as corrupt and requiring repair. As per the testing done by BleepingComputer, the one-liner code can be delivered hidden inside a Windows shortcut file, a ZIP archive, batch files, or various other vectors to trigger hard drive errors that corrupt the filesystem index.

Windows 10 NTFS corruption bug

Image credits: BleepingComputer

Windows would then ask the user to reboot the computer and run chkdsk to fix the corrupt hard disk. According to Microsoft, the drive has not actually gone bad, and Windows chkdsk should fix the problem. However, tests suggest that chkdsk does not fix the issue; therefore, Windows does not boot.

Microsoft was expected to fix the issue via the February Patch. While that did not happen, reports now suggest that the new Windows 10 Insider build 21322 does include an undocumented fix for the issue. Windows 10 now reports “The directory name is invalid” and no longer marks the NTFS volume as corrupted. It is expected that Microsoft should release a similar fix for all Windows 10 users eventually.

Last month Microsoft rolled out a new emergency update for Windows 10 to patch a bug causing BSOD (blue screen of death) while connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The issue only specifically targeted the newer WPA3 security; essentially, only a small number of users were affected.

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Google TV app preps a new remote control feature for your Android TV https://www.xda-developers.com/google-tv-app-remote-control-android-tv/ https://www.xda-developers.com/google-tv-app-remote-control-android-tv/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 09:13:13 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=402993 The Google TV app on Android (previously Play Movies & TV) is getting a new remote control feature that will let you control your Android TV. XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, has spotted the feature in the latest Google TV release (v4.25) and, while it isn’t live yet, he has managed to enable it manually to get

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The Google TV app on Android (previously Play Movies & TV) is getting a new remote control feature that will let you control your Android TV. XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, has spotted the feature in the latest Google TV release (v4.25) and, while it isn’t live yet, he has managed to enable it manually to get the following screenshots:

Google TV app remote control Google TV app remote control

As you can see in the attached screenshots, the upcoming remote control interface in the Google TV app is quite minimal. It features a large square D-pad with a circular button in the center and arrows on four sides that will help you easily navigate the Android TV UI on your connected smart TV.

To control a TV, you’ll first need to pair the TV to the app by selecting it from a list of available TVs. This will begin a pairing process, in which you’ll have to enter a 4-digit PIN code shown on your TV in the app. Once that’s done, you should be able to use the remote control feature to control your Android TV.

Mishaal tested the feature with a couple of devices, and it currently doesn’t seem to work with NVIDIA’s SHIELD TVs. It’s worth noting that this new remote control feature in the Google TV app will likely replace the Android TV Remote Control app, which hasn’t been updated in years. Therefore, we suspect that it may receive additional capabilities, like voice input support, a touchpad, and keyboard support, before it rolls out to users. But, at the moment, we haven’t seen any evidence in the app to support this claim.

As of now, Google hasn’t shared any official information regarding the feature. We will update this post as soon as the remote control feature starts rolling out to users with a future Google TV update.

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OPPO Find X3 leaks leave almost nothing to the imagination https://www.xda-developers.com/oppo-find-x3-leaks-specs-renders/ https://www.xda-developers.com/oppo-find-x3-leaks-specs-renders/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 08:00:41 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=402801 The OPPO Find X3 series is officially launching on March 11, and reports so far suggest there will be at least three devices in the series. The OPPO Find X3 Pro will lead the pack as a proper flagship, while the Find X3 Lite and Find X3 Neo are believed to be premium mid-range offerings.

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The OPPO Find X3 series is officially launching on March 11, and reports so far suggest there will be at least three devices in the series. The OPPO Find X3 Pro will lead the pack as a proper flagship, while the Find X3 Lite and Find X3 Neo are believed to be premium mid-range offerings. All devices have leaked extensively over the past few months, with leaked renders and specifications giving us a good idea of what to expect from OPPO’s 2021 flagship lineup. But it seems there are still some more leaks left in the tank.

Firstly, WinFuture has obtained what they say are the complete specifications of all three smartphones along with their high-resolution press renders.

OPPO Find X3 Pro

As expected, the OPPO Find X3 Pro will be the most premium of the trio. A direct successor to last year’s Find X2 Pro, the latest flagship smartphone from OPPO will bring substantial upgrades all around, ranging from design and display to processor and camera hardware. Most of the key details about the Find X3 Pro’s hardware have been revealed through previous leaks, but the latest report from WinFuture adds further weight to those leaks.

According to the publication, the Find X3 Pro will feature a 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz display variable refresh rate and HDR10+. The display will be protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5, and it will also have a fingerprint scanner underneath. The quad-camera setup will consist of a 50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766 primary camera with OIS, a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, a 13MP periscope camera with 2x zoom, and a 5MP macro lens with up to 25x zoom.

The OPPO Find X3 Pro will come in two colors: Blue and Silver, both of which can be seen in the images linked below.

Find X3 Pro - Front Find X3 Pro - Black Find X3 Pro - Blue Find X3 Pro - back Find X3 Pro - bottom

Separately, Evan Blass has also shared high-quality renders of the Find X3 Pro along with a video teaser that gives us our closest look yet at the upcoming flagship.

Find X3 Pro Find X3 Pro - Front look Find X3 Pro - camera closeup Find X3 Pro Camera Find X3 Pro - side view

OPPO Find X3 Neo

The OPPO Find X3 Neo is expected to be a premium mid-range smartphone. According to Evan Blass, it will be a rebadged version of the Reno 5 Pro+ 5G with a few hardware changes instead of a brand new device. In terms of specifications, WinFuture says the Find X3 Neo will pack a 6.5-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz screen refresh rate, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, 12GB RAM, a quad-camera setup with a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor, a 4,500mAh dual-cell battery with 65W charging support, and 5G support. Similar to the Find X3 Pro, the Find X3 Neo will also come in Black and Silver colors.

Find X3 Pro Front Find X3 Pro Back Find X3 Neo Side view Find X3 Neo bottom

Oppo Find X3 Lite

Finally, the OPPO Find X3 Lite has also been fully detailed, complete with press renders. As Blass confirmed in January, the device will be a rebadge of the Reno 5 5G. As far as specifications are considered, the Find X3 Lite will come with a 6.44-inch full HD+ AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate, Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, a 64MP primary camera, a 32MP front shooter, and a 4,300mAh dual-cell battery with 65W fast charging support. It will be available in three colors: Blue, Black, and Silver.

Find X3 Lite Find X3 Lite Blue

 

OPPO Find X3 Series Specifications

Specifications Find X3 Pro Find X3 Neo Find X3 Lite
Dimensions and Weight
  • 163.4 x 74 x 8.3 mm
  • 193g
  • 159.3 x 74 x 7.99 mm
  • 184g
  • 159.3 x 74 x 7.9 mm
  • 180g
Display
  • 6.7-inch AMOLED
  • 120Hz variable refresh rate
  • 3216 x 1440 (QHD+)
  • HDR10+
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • 6.5-inch AMOLED
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 2400 x 1080 (full HD+)
  • HDR10+
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • 6.44-inch AMOLED
  • 90Hz
  • 2400 x 1080 (full HD+)
  • HDR10+
  • Gorilla Glass 3+
SoC
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM and Storage
  • 12GB RAM
  • 256GB storage
  • 12GB RAM
  • 256GB storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766
  • Secondary: 50MP ultra-wide angle, f/2.2
  • Tertiary: 13MP telephoto, f/2.4, 2X zoom
  • Quaternary: 5MP macro, f/3.0, 25X zoom
  • Primary: 50MP f/1.7
  • Secondary: 16MP ultra-wide angle, f/2.2, EIS
  • Tertiary: 13MP telephoto, f/2.4
  • Quaternary: 2MP macro
  • Primary: 64MP f/1.79, EIS
  • Secondary: 8MP ultra-wide angle, f/2.25, EIS
  • Tertiary: 2MP macro
  • Quaternary: 2MP depth
Front Camera
  • 32MP f/2.4
  • 32MP f/2.4
  • 32MP f/2.4
Battery
  • 4,500mAh
  • 65W fast charging
  • Wireless charging
  • 4,500mAh
  • 65W fast charging
  • 4,300mAh
  • 65W fast charging
Connectivity 
  • 5G NR
  • NFC
  • Wi-FI 6
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • USB Type C
  • 5G NR
  • NFC
  • Wi-FI AC
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • USB Type C
  • 5G NR
  • NFC
  • Wi-FI AC
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • USB Type C
Other features
  • 10bit end-to-end color support
  • In-display fingerprint reader
  • Dual SIM + eSIM
  • IP68
  • Face Unlock
  • IPX4
  • In-display fingerprint reader
  • Dual SIM
  • Face Unlock
  • IP54
  • In-display fingerprint reader
  • Dual SIM
  • Face Unlock
Software
  • Android 11 with ColorOS 11.2
  • Android 11 with ColorOS 11.2
  • Android 11 with ColorOS 11.2

Featured image credits: Evan Blass

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Xiaomi finally makes the jump to 120Hz AMOLED on the Redmi Note series https://www.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-10-series-super-amoled/ https://www.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-10-series-super-amoled/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 07:42:42 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=402949 Xiaomi will launch the much-awaited Redmi Note 10 series in India later this week. Much like the Redmi Note 9 series, the new lineup will include a host of devices, starting from the vanilla Redmi Note 10 and going all the way up to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. Over the last few months,

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Xiaomi will launch the much-awaited Redmi Note 10 series in India later this week. Much like the Redmi Note 9 series, the new lineup will include a host of devices, starting from the vanilla Redmi Note 10 and going all the way up to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. Over the last few months, we’ve seen several leaks about the upcoming devices, which have given us a good look at their design and specifications. However, Xiaomi hadn’t shared any official information about the devices until today.

Xiaomi India’s Managing Director, Manu Kumar Jain, recently took to Twitter to announce that the Redmi Note series is finally making the jump to AMOLED panels with the upcoming Redmi Note 10 lineup. The tweet states: “Excited to share that #RedmiNote10 series will feature #SuperAMOLED display — 1st TIME EVER ON a #RedmiNote!”

The tweet also includes a short clip that displays results from a Twitter poll that Xiaomi conducted earlier this year. The poll, which has since been pulled, asked users to choose between a 120Hz LCD panel and a standard AMOLED panel. As you’d expect, an overwhelming majority of users picked AMOLED over the high refresh rate LCD panel. Although Xiaomi deleted the poll, it seems like the company has decided to go with popular demand. In the video, the company clarifies that the Redmi Note 10 lineup will feature not just any OLED panel but a Super AMOLED panel.

As of now, it isn’t clear if any of the devices in the lineup will receive a high refresh rate panel. However, based on previous leaks, we suspect that the top-of-the-line Redmi Note 10 Pro Max may include a 120Hz Super AMOLED panel. If that’s the case, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max will definitely reign supreme in the budget smartphone space in 2021, at least on the display front.

In case you missed our previous coverage of the Redmi Note 10 lineup, leaks suggest that the Redmi Note 10 Pro will be a 4G device, which will run MIUI 12 out of the box. It will feature a 120Hz panel with MEMC tech and a quad-camera setup on the back with a 64MP primary camera, a wide-angle camera, a macro camera, and a depth sensor. It will pack a large 5,050mAh battery, and it will be based on Qualcomm’s SM7150 platform (Snapdragon 732G).

Leaks about the vanilla Redmi Note 10, on the other hand, suggest that it will feature a 6.53-inch FHD+ display, a massive 5,900mAh battery, an unspecified octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. It will also include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a triple camera setup on the back, a single selfie shooter housed within a waterdrop-style notch, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

As of now, we have no further information about the other devices in the Redmi Note 10 lineup. But we expect to learn more in just a few days when Xiaomi officially lifts the covers off the lineup.


Update: 120Hz AMOLED display confirmed

Shortly after the aforementioned announcement, Xiaomi shared another tweet confirming that the Redmi Note 10 series will feature a 120Hz high refresh rate AMOLED panel. In the tweet, the company noted: “The first-ever 120Hz AMOLED display on #RedmiNote10Series, all you need to help challenge your boundaries.”

While the company hasn’t confirmed exactly which device in the Redmi Note 10 lineup will include the high refresh rate AMOLED panel, we can safely assume that it will be the top-of-the-line Redmi Note 10 Pro Max. As I mentioned earlier, this feature alone can make the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max one of the most desirable budget-friendly devices in 2021.

A separate Twitter poll shared by Manu Kumar Jain also alludes to the fact that the display may feature a peak brightness of at least 1000nits.

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YouTube Music starts testing new Library Tracks playlist https://www.xda-developers.com/youtube-music-testing-library-tracks-playlist/ https://www.xda-developers.com/youtube-music-testing-library-tracks-playlist/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 06:31:03 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=402873 After rolling out a progressive web app for Chromebooks earlier this month, Google is now testing a new Library Tracks playlist in YouTube Music. The new playlist has started rolling out to a few users, and it gives them easy access to all the songs in their library. Reddit user Iordbrack recently spotted the new

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After rolling out a progressive web app for Chromebooks earlier this month, Google is now testing a new Library Tracks playlist in YouTube Music. The new playlist has started rolling out to a few users, and it gives them easy access to all the songs in their library.

Reddit user Iordbrack recently spotted the new Library Tracks playlist in the YouTube Music app on Android. In a post on the matter, they explain that the playlist shows up in the playback history within the app settings after playing any song from the library. As its name suggests, the automatically-generated playlist only includes tracks from your library.

YouTube Music Library Tracks

Credits: /u/Iordbrack

As you can see in the above screenshot, the Library Tracks playlist looks like every other playlist in YouTube Music. It shows cover art at the top, right next to the playlist name and the total number of tracks. It includes a download button to help users download all the tracks for offline playback, a shuffle button, and a play button. Beneath the buttons, you can see a download progress bar, followed by a list of all the songs in the playlist.

The post further reveals that although the playlist cannot be viewed directly as it brings up a 404 error, users can download it and view it offline. Unfortunately, the playlist doesn’t seem to include uploaded music from your library, so it may not be a great solution for users who want access to their complete music library in one place. We sincerely hope Google adds uploaded music to the mix by the time the playlist rolls out to more users.

We currently have no further information about the new Library Tracks playlist or when it will roll out to more users. We’ll update this post as soon as we learn more.

YouTube Music - Stream Songs & Music Videos (Free, Google Play) →

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Samsung Galaxy S21: Everything you need to know about Samsung’s new flagship phone series https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-s21/ https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-s21/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 06:20:49 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=372515 The Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra are the latest 5G flagships from Samsung. They represent the pinnacle of consumer-ready technology in the conventional smartphone form factor. These phones come with class-leading technologies, and for the first time ever, a phone outside of the Galaxy Note lineup is offering

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The Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra are the latest 5G flagships from Samsung. They represent the pinnacle of consumer-ready technology in the conventional smartphone form factor. These phones come with class-leading technologies, and for the first time ever, a phone outside of the Galaxy Note lineup is offering the coveted S Pen experience.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra colors, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus colors, and Samsung Galaxy S21 colors

Galaxy S21 Ultra, 72 hours later: 5 takeaways after using Samsung’s best phone

Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21 Samsung Galaxy S21+ Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Build
  • Aluminum mid-frame
  • Plastic back
  • Gorilla Glass Victus front
  • Aluminum mid-frame
  • Gorilla Glass Victus back
  • Gorilla Glass Victus front
  • Aluminum mid-frame
  • Gorilla Glass Victus back
  • Gorilla Glass Victus front
Dimensions & Weight
  • 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9 mm
  • 171 grams
  • 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm
  • 202 grams
  • 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm
  • 229 grams
Display
  • 6.2″ FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X flat display
  • 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • 421 PPI
  • 120Hz variable refresh rate
    • 48-120Hz
  • 20:9 aspect ratio
  • HDR10+
  • 1300nits peak brightness
  • Always-On display
  • Infinity-O display
  • 6.7″ FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X flat display
  • 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • 394 PPI
  • 120Hz variable refresh rate
    • 48-120Hz
  • 20:9 aspect ratio
  • 1300nits peak brightness
  • HDR10+
  • Always-On display
  • Infinity-O display
  • 6.8″ QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X curved display
  • 3200 x 1440 pixels
  • 515ppi
  • 120Hz variable refresh rate
    • 120Hz at QHD+ supported
    • 10-120Hz
  • 20:9 aspect ratio
  • 1500nits peak brightness
  • HDR10+
  • Always-On display
  • Infinity-O display
SoC
  • International: Exynos 2100:
    • 1x ARM Cortex X1 @ 2.9GHz +
    • 3x ARM Cortex A78 Cores @ 2.8GHz +
    • 4x ARM Cortex A55 Cores @ 2.2GHz
  • USA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888:
    • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz
  • International: Exynos 2100:
    • 1x ARM Cortex X1 @ 2.9GHz +
    • 3x ARM Cortex A78 Cores @ 2.8GHz +
    • 4x ARM Cortex A55 Cores @ 2.2GHz
  • USA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888:
    • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz
  • International: Exynos 2100:
    • 1x ARM Cortex X1 @ 2.9GHz +
    • 3x ARM Cortex A78 Cores @ 2.8GHz +
    • 4x ARM Cortex A55 Cores @ 2.2GHz
  • USA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888:
    • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 Performance Cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz
RAM & Storage
  • 8GB LPDDR5 + 128GB
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 8GB LPDDR5 + 128GB
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 12GB LPDDR5 + 128GB
  • 12GB + 256GB
  • 16GB + 512GB
Battery & Charging
  • 4,000mAh
  • 25W USB Power Delivery 3.0 fast charging
  • 15W wireless charging
  • 4.5 reverse wireless charging
  • No charger in the box in most regions
  • 4,800mAh
  • 25W USB Power Delivery 3.0 fast charging
  • 15W wireless charging
  • 4.5 reverse wireless charging
  • No charger in the box in most regions
  • 5,000mAh
  • 25W USB Power Delivery 3.0 fast charging
  • 15W wireless charging
  • 4.5 reverse wireless charging
  • No charger in the box in most regions
Security Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Scanner Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
Rear Camera(s)
  • Primary: 12MP, wide-angle lens, f/1.8, 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF
  • Secondary: 12MP, ultra-wide-angle lens, f/2.2, 120° FoV, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Fixed Focus
  • Tertiary: 64MP, telephoto lens, f/2.0, 1/1.76″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
  • Primary: 12MP, wide-angle lens, f/1.8, 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF
  • Secondary: 12MP, ultra-wide-angle lens, f/2.2, 120° FoV, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Fixed Focus
  • Tertiary: 64MP, telephoto lens, f/2.0, 1/1.76″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
  • Primary: 108 MP, wide-angle lens, f/1.8, 79°, 24mm, 1/1.33″, 0.8µm (pre-nona-binning), OIS, PDAF, Laser AF
  • Secondary: 12 MP, ultra-wide-angle lens, f/2.2, 120° FoV, 13mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel AF
  • Tertiary: 10 MP, telephoto lens, f/2.4, 35°, 72mm, 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, OIS, 3x optical zoom, Dual Pixel AF
  • Quarternary: 10 MP, telephoto lens, f/4.9, 10°, 240mm, 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, OIS, 10x optical zoom, Dual Pixel AF

Video:

  • 4K @ 60fps across all front and rear cameras
Front Camera(s) 10MP, f/2.2, 1.22µm, 80° FoV, Dual Pixel AF 10MP, f/2.2, 1.22µm, 80° FoV, Dual Pixel AF 40MP, f/2.2, 0.7µm, 80° FoV, PDAF
Port(s) USB 3.2 Type-C USB 3.2 Type-C USB 3.2 Type-C
Audio
  • Stereo speakers by AKG
  • Dolby Atmos
  •  Stereo speakers by AKG
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Stereo speakers by AKG
  • Dolby Atmos
Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • 5G
Software Samsung One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 Samsung One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 Samsung One UI 3.1 based on Android 11
Other Features
  • IP68 water resistance
  • ANT+
  • Samsung DeX
  • Knox
  • Bixby Voice Assistant
  • Google Discover pane
  • MST support in some regions
  • IP68 water resistance
  • ANT+
  • Samsung DeX
  • Knox
  • UWB
  • Bixby Voice Assistant
  • Google Discover pane
  • MST support in some regions
  • IP68 water resistance
  • ANT+
  • Samsung DeX
  • Knox
  • UWB
  • Bixby Voice Assistant
  • Google Discover pane
  • Wacom Stylus and S Pen support (sold separately and stored externally)
  • MST support in some regions
Colors
  • Phantom Violet
  • Phantom Gray
  • Phantom White
  • Phantom Pink
  • Phantom Violet
  • Phantom Gray
  • Phantom White
  • Samsung.com Exclusive:
    • Phantom Gold
    • Phantom Red
  • Phantom Gray
  • Phantom White
  • Samsung.com Exclusive:
    • Phantom Titanium
    • Phantom Navy
    • Phantom Brown

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Phantom Black color, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Phantom Violet color, and Samsung Galaxy S21 Phantom Pinkcolor

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Display

Let’s start with the display on the Galaxy S21 series. All three devices in the series get a Dynamic AMOLED 2x display, with a 120Hz variable refresh rate, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and HDR10+ support. All three devices have an Infinity-O display, which is just Samsung’s marketing term for centered hole-punch displays. You also get the latest Gorilla Glass Victus on the front across all three phones for scratch and drop protection. And as with previous Galaxy S models, the Galaxy S21 series also gets Always-On Display functionality.

Samsung-Galaxy-S21-Plus-Display

Samsung Galaxy S21+

The primary difference between the three phones is the size of the display, going from 6.2″ on the regular Galaxy S21 to 6.7″ on the Plus and 6.8″ on the Ultra. Additionally, the regular and Plus variants have a relatively lower-end flat FHD+ panel. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is where things get a little interesting, as its display gets a subtle curve on the edges and a bump up to QHD+ resolution.

Samsung-Galaxy-S21-Ultra-Display

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

It’s also the first time that a Samsung Galaxy flagship is not only getting QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, but also 120Hz refresh rate with QHD+ resolution as the option. There’s also a difference in peak brightness, with the Ultra getting as bright as 1500 nits, while the other two are restricted to a still-respectable 1300 nits.


Design

As the screen size differs between the three phones, the dimensions are bound to be different and so is their weight. The weight difference is further compounded by the change in build materials as well. All three devices have an aluminum mid-frame, but the Galaxy S21 gets a polycarbonate back much like the Galaxy Note 20. The Galaxy S21 Plus and Ultra get a Gorilla Glass Victus back.

Samsung Galaxy S21 front and back

Samsung Galaxy S21

The other obvious change in design is the rear camera module. It’s got a much more unique look this year, with the camera module flowing over the corner instead of being an island. The camera bump is still present, but it has a larger surface area extending all the way to one corner. Therefore, the phones should have a lesser tendency to wobble when placed down on a table. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has the largest camera module because of the additional camera hardware.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus front and back

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Overall, the phones have an otherwise clean and understated look. The Samsung logo on the back is the only branding (coupled with other mandatory certification brandings as mandated by regional law). The devices have a USB 3.2 Type-C port and a speaker grille on the bottom, and the usual power button and volume rockers on the left. If you are waiting on the headphone jack making a return, you’ll be disappointed as it’s not present this year either. But on the bright side, the entire lineup is IP68 rated for water and dust protection.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra front and back

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

For biometrics, Samsung has once again opted for an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner on the series, skipping out on both optical in-display and side-mounted fingerprint scanners. The ultrasonic fingerprint scanner used is the second generation 3D Sonic Sensor from Qualcomm, which is 1.7x larger and 30% faster than the previous generation ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. This ensures that you get a much better unlocking experience than ever before on a Samsung flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S21+ colors

Some of the RAM and storage variants may not be available in all colors. Further, the options are likely to be tweaked according to your region as well.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra colors

Further, some colors are Samsung.com exclusive. These include Phantom Red and Phantom Gold for the Galaxy S21 Plus, and Phantom Brown, Phantom Navy, Phantom Titanium for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. These colors are available in limited quantities only and are likely to be available only through the pre-order period.


SoC, RAM, and Storage

Samsung is following its usual pattern of splitting up device SoCs for the USA and some other selected regions, and for the rest of the world. The USA and regions like Hong Kong and China get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, while the rest of the world gets the Exynos 2100 SoC. We have dedicated coverage on these SoCs, and we encourage you to check them out for more details.

As is the general theme with the lineup, RAM and storage options on the Galaxy S21 Ultra are more in the overkill territory (12GB + 128GB, 12GB + 256GB, 16GB + 512GB), while the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus get more practical amounts (8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB) to work with. Unfortunately, there is no microSD card support on any of these phones, so pick the right storage amount for you right off the bat.


Camera

The camera setup is one of the more defining differences between the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus on one hand, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra on the other. The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus have the same camera setup, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra changes things up a bit.

Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus: Front and Rear Camera Setup

Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus rear cameras

For the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus, you get a triple rear camera setup comprising of a primary camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a telephoto camera.

The primary camera is a 12MP f/1.8 shooter with a 1/1.76″ sensor producing images with 1.8µm large pixels. You get Dual Pixel AF as well as OIS on the primary camera.

The secondary camera is a 12MP f/2.2 shooter with a 1/2.55″ sensor producing images with 1.4µm large pixels. The field of view is 120°, which isn’t the widest out there but also not a bad option per se.

The tertiary camera is a 64MP f/2.0 telephoto lens with a 1/1.76″ sensor producing images with 0.8µm large pixels. You get PDAF and OIS on this camera, and its primary use case is for capturing images with 3x optical zoom.

The front camera on both the phones is a 10MP f/2.2 shooter that produces 1.22µm pixel size images and has Dual Pixel AF.

Galaxy S21 Ultra: Front and Rear Camera Setup

Galaxy S21 Ultra rear cameras

The camera setup offers one of the highlighting experiences on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Only the secondary ultra-wide-angle camera is shared over from the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus. All the other cameras are different.

The primary camera is a 108MP f/1.8 shooter with a large 1/1.33″ sensor producing images with 0.8µm large pixels. The phone then combines nine of these pixels into one pixel (nona-binning), giving you an output of 12MP with 2.4µm large pixels.

The other two cameras on the back come with telephoto lenses, each projecting into a 1/3.24″ sensor with large 1.22µm pixels. Using two telephoto lenses essentially provides optical zoom at two different levels. The first is a 10MP f/2.4 shooter that provides 3x optical zoom, while the second is a 10MP f/4.9 shooter that provides 10x optical zoom. Both come with OIS capabilities. Combined with digital zoom, Samsung can provide a seamless optical zooming experience from 1x to 10x, while also promising hybrid zoom capabilities up to 100x, which is marketed as 100x Space Zoom.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra can also shoot 4K video at 60fps across all cameras. If you need even more options, you can click photos in Pro mode to output to a 12-bit RAW file.

The front camera on the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a 40MP, f/2.2 shooter with 0.7µm pixels and PDAF.

What are the new Camera Features?

These new camera software features form a part of One UI 3.1 based on Android 11, but they are worth mentioning on their own as they are quite substantial to the camera experience on the new Samsung Galaxy S21 series:

  • Improved 8K Snap: Grab still 33MP photos from your 8K video recording
  • Vlogger View: Capture videos with the front and rear cameras simultaneously.
  • Director’s View: Capture video with the front and rear cameras simultaneously, while retaining the ability to quickly switch between the multiple rear cameras while accessing a live preview of all the camera outputs.
  • Multiple mic recording: Use paired accessories like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro to record ambient sound while also recording using the phone’s microphone.
  • Single Take: Added new pro-style video settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo.
  • Zoom Lock: Minimize shaky hands and capture clear zoomed images by locking focal point in the center of the frame.

Galaxy S21 with camera app on screen


Battery and Charging

Because the phones are different in physical dimensions and have some other physical differences, they also have different sized batteries, going from 4,000 mAh on the regular Galaxy S21 to 4,800 mAh on the Galaxy S21 Plus and 5,000 mAh on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Thankfully, their charging capabilities remain the same all throughout (though that may not be a good thing entirely). All three phones get 25W USB Power Delivery 3.0 fast charging, 15W wireless charging, and the ability to provide 4.5W reverse wireless charging. The wired charging solution is definitely not the fastest one around, but it’s universal, so you’ll have great luck finding a compatible charger that does these modest speeds reliably. We are both relieved and disappointed at the same time — relieved for the universality approach, but disappointed because proprietary tech from other companies is quicker by a substantial margin. The universality will be appreciated by users, more so because neither of the three phones will come with a power brick in the box (except in select regions).


5G and Connectivity

5G is standard across the lineup, but a big difference creeps in for certain regions. For instance, if you purchase the device in the USA, you’ll get mmWave support alongside sub-6GHz 5G, while the rest of the world will have to contend with sub-6GHz 5G. So, do keep that in mind if you intend to use the phone outside the region of purchase.

Someone talking on a Galaxy S21 Ultra

Further, all three phones get Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra gets Wi-Fi 6E support (thanks to the Broadcom BCM4389) while the other two models get Wi-Fi 6.

Ultra-Wide Band tracking is a feature present on the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Galaxy S21 Plus, but it is missing from the regular variant.


S Pen support

One of the highlights of this year’s release is the inclusion of S Pen support. Only the Galaxy S21 Ultra gets it though, and there are a few caveats around it. For one, the S Pen is not part of the package, and there is no cavity within the device to store the S Pen, so it needs to be purchased separately and stored externally.

Galaxy S21 being used with a s-pen

Samsung is separately selling cases that have a cavity to store the S Pen. You lose out on Bluetooth-related functionality on the S Pen though, so stuff like Air Trigger and Remote Shutter will not work. We reckon this means that you don’t necessarily need an S Pen too — just about any Wacom stylus should do the trick.

Samsung also plans to sell an S Pen Pro later in the year, so keep an eye on that if you really want to get into the stylus game with the S21 series.


MST Support and Samsung Pay

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series does not come with MST support, restricting itself to NFC technology for payments. The phone does support Samsung Pay in all regions, presuming the feature was already available in those regions.


One UI 3.1 with Android 11

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series comes with an incremental update to Samsung’s UX skin, One UI, in the form of One UI 3.1 based on Android 11. While there are not a lot of ground-breaking feature additions or overhauls, there are a few notable changes:

We have taken a more extensive look at the changes that One UI 3.1 brings along over One UI 3.0, so check that out for a more complete lowdown.


Cases and Accessories

As is tradition now, Samsung is offering a bunch of official cases for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21. Their official cases include Smart Covers, a case with an S-Pen, a separate S-Pen, several gorgeous looking cases including the popular Kvadrat Cover+and more. Of course, the Galaxy S21 range is already proving popular and plenty of people are taking advantage of the best Galaxy S21 Ultra deals and best Galaxy S21 deals, which we’ve rounded up for you.

Beyond just Samsung’s official cases, there are a ton of third-party cases on the market and we’ve rounded them up for you including the Best Thin Cases for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21; the best rugged cases for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus and regular Galaxy S21; and the best Clear cases for the S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Plus, and regular Galaxy S21 model.

Here are the official Samsung cases:

There are two more covers for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and these come with the S Pen: Silicone Cover with S Pen, and Smart Clear View Cover with S Pen.

Samsung has also launched two new wireless chargers, as well as the Samsung SmartTag and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.


Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is priced as follows:

Sr. No. Device USA Europe UK India
1. Samsung Galaxy S21 — 8GB + 128GB
(Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink, Phantom White)
$799.99 €849 £769 ₹69,999
Samsung Galaxy S21 — 8GB + 256GB
(Phantom Gray)
$899.99 €899 £819 ₹73,999
2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus — 8GB + 128GB
(Phantom Violet, Phantom Silver, Phantom Black)
$999.99 €1,049 £949 ₹81,999
 Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus — 8GB + 256GB
(Phantom Black)
$1,099.99 €1,09 £999 ₹85,999
3. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra — 12GB + 128GB
(Phantom Silver, Phantom Black)
$1,199.99 €1,249 £1,149
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra — 12GB + 256GB
(Phantom Black)
$1,299.99 €1,299 £1,199 ₹1,05,999
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra — 16GB + 512GB
(Phantom Black)
$1,399.99 €1,429 £1,329 ₹1,16,999

Note: Additional colors will be sold through Samsung.com. These custom colors are limited in stock and may last only till pre-order periods.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is now available on open sale. You can purchase the device by following the links below! Consumers will be able to purchase the devices through Samsung.com, carriers, and online and offline retailers.

    Samsung Galaxy S21
    The Samsung Galaxy S21 is the starting point of the new 2021 flagship series, packing in a flagship SoC, along with a decent display and camera setup.
    Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
    The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is the middle child in the new 2021 flagship series, packing in a flagship SoC and a premium build, along with a decent display and camera setup.
    Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
    The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the ultimate overkill in the new 2021 flagship series, packing in a flagship SoC, a premium build, a great display, and an amazing camera setup, as well as all the extras expected on a premium flagship.

Which Galaxy S21 should you buy? Regular, Plus, or Ultra?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series were available for pre-order from January 20 till January 28, 2021. Customers who pre-ordered a device received Samsung Credits worth $100 with the Galaxy S21, $150 with the Galaxy S21 Plus, $200 with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. All pre-orders also included a free Galaxy SmartTag. Both carrier and unlocked variants of the Galaxy S21 series went on open sale worldwide from January 29, 2021.

In India, customers who pre-ordered the device got a free Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag as well as Samsung Shop Vouchers up to ₹10,000. HDFC Bank customers got up to ₹10,000 cashback, while Samsung Upgrade plans offered an additional bonus of up to ₹5,000. Pre-orders began from January 15, 2021, and early deliveries for these began on January 25, 2021. Open sales began from January 29, 2021, across Samsung.com/in, Samsung Opera House, offline retail outlets, Amazon.in, Flipkart, Crome, and Reliance Digital.

Third-Party Cases and Accessories

Now that the Galaxy S21 series is available on open sale, you can get a fair few options across third-party cases and accessories. We’ve rounded some great options below:

We’ll be trying out more accessories in the future, so stay tuned for further recommendations!

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OnePlus 9 series pre-orders could come with free true wireless earbuds https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-9-series-pre-orders-free-true-wireless-earbuds/ https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-9-series-pre-orders-free-true-wireless-earbuds/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:58:05 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=402889 OnePlus is expected to launch its new OnePlus 9 series sometime this month. The company is rumored to launch as many as four new products, including the OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9 Pro, the OnePlus 9R, and the OnePlus Watch. While OnePlus has yet to confirm a concrete launch date, the company has set March

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OnePlus is expected to launch its new OnePlus 9 series sometime this month. The company is rumored to launch as many as four new products, including the OnePlus 9, the OnePlus 9 Pro, the OnePlus 9R, and the OnePlus Watch. While OnePlus has yet to confirm a concrete launch date, the company has set March 8th as the date for an upcoming announcement. Meanwhile, a new leak has revealed the pre-order date for the OnePlus 9 series as well as a promotional offer that OnePlus is planning to have in place to attract early birds.

The new info comes from ever-reliable Evan Blass, who has revealed that the OnePlus 9 series will go on pre-order on March 23, and early buyers will be able to claim a free pair of OnePlus Buds Z true wireless earbuds. Blass notes that this offer will apply to both the regular and Pro variant of the OnePlus 9, but it’s unclear if this promotion will be available in all countries where OnePlus will sell the two devices.

In eligible countries, those who pre-order the OnePlus 9 will receive a regular version of the OnePlus Buds Z TWS earbuds while OnePlus 9 Pro pre-orders will get the special Steve Harrington Edition of the Buds Z. OnePlus ran a similar promotional offer last year when it launched the OnePlus 8 series. At the time, OnePlus was bundling a free pair of Bullets Wireless Z and a Warp Charge 30 Wireless charging pad.

OnePlus Buds Z

Left: OnePlus Buds Z. Right: OnePlus Buds Z Steve Harrington Edition.

As a refresher, the regular OnePlus 9 (code-named lemonade) is expected to feature a flat 6.5-inch full HD+ 120Hz display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB storage UFS 3.1, a 48MP primary camera, and a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging support. The OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, will reportedly pack a curved 6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED 120Hz display, Snapdragon 888 SoC paired with 12GB RAM and 128GB storage, a quad-camera array with Hasselblad branding, and the same 4,500mAh battery as the regular model with 65W charging support.

Finally, the rumored OnePlus 9R may also debut alongside the regular and Pro models. However, very little is known about its specifications and design at this point, though it’s expected to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 chipset.

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Redmi K40 is likely launching in global markets as the POCO F3 https://www.xda-developers.com/redmi-k40-global-markets-poco-phone/ https://www.xda-developers.com/redmi-k40-global-markets-poco-phone/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:22:14 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=401015 Although POCO insists on calling itself an independent brand, its product portfolio mostly consists of rebranded Xiaomi devices. For example, the POCO F2 Pro from last year was a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro 5G, the POCO X2 was a rebranded Redmi K30, and the POCO M2 Pro was a rehashed Redmi Note 9 Pro. While the

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Update 1 (03/02/2021 @ 00:20 AM ET): The Redmi K40 will indeed be called the POCO F3. Click here for more information. The article as published on February 25, 2021, is preserved below.

Although POCO insists on calling itself an independent brand, its product portfolio mostly consists of rebranded Xiaomi devices. For example, the POCO F2 Pro from last year was a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro 5G, the POCO X2 was a rebranded Redmi K30, and the POCO M2 Pro was a rehashed Redmi Note 9 Pro. While the company has launched a couple of original devices in the recent past, it seems like POCO isn’t going to completely give up the rebranding strategy anytime soon. We have now learned that the company is planning to launch the upcoming Redmi K40 as a POCO-branded phone in some markets.

As a recent tweet from XDA Senior Member Deic points out, a new POCO device was recently certified by IMDA (Singapore). The listing reveals that the device will go by the model number M2012K11AG and the codename alioth. It further mentions that the device will feature a Snapdragon 870 SoC, a 48MP primary camera, a 6.67-inch display, and a 4,420mAh battery.

In case that sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve previously spotted the same device on Chinese certification authority TENAA’s website, with Redmi branding and model number M2012K11AC. The device is believed to be the Redmi K40, which will be launched in China later today. As you can tell, both the devices feature the same model number, with the exception of the last letter. Based on the model numbers of previous Xiaomi and Redmi devices, we believe that the ‘C’ stands for China and the ‘G’ stands for Global. Therefore, we suspect that POCO will launch the Redmi K40 under its own brand name in select markets outside of China.


Update: The Redmi K40 is indeed the POCO F3

As we had already guessed, the Redmi K40 is indeed coming to global markets as the POCO F3.


Featured image: Redmi K40 from TENAA listing

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Samsung discontinues SmartThings Link support for SHIELD https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-discontinues-smartthings-link-support-for-shield/ https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-discontinues-smartthings-link-support-for-shield/#respond Tue, 02 Mar 2021 00:12:11 +0000 https://www.xda-developers.com/?p=402771 Last year, Samsung announced it would make changes to its legacy SmartThings platform, resulting in support for old hardware being dropped. As it turns out, that apparently includes the SmartThings Link, a dongle that allows users to turn the NVIDIA SHIELD into a SmartThings hub. Samsung sent out emails to SmartThings Link owners saying it

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Last year, Samsung announced it would make changes to its legacy SmartThings platform, resulting in support for old hardware being dropped. As it turns out, that apparently includes the SmartThings Link, a dongle that allows users to turn the NVIDIA SHIELD into a SmartThings hub.

Samsung sent out emails to SmartThings Link owners saying it plans to discontinue SmartThings Link effective on June 30, 2021. That means several things but, most importantly, your SmartThings Link will stop functioning. You’ll no longer be able to use your SHIELD to control Zigbee or Z-Wave devices, which is certainly inconvenient for anyone who has invested deeply in creating an automated system.

Digital Media Zone points out that the SmartThings Link dongle for NVIDIA SHIELD has lagged behind in software support, so the news should come as no surprise. Meanwhile, Samsung last year explained the reasoning behind why it plans to evolve its platform and retire legacy apps and services:

We are making some important shifts in our strategy to best position our platform for the future and investing more deeply in improving the stability and security of our platform. With these changes, we will empower a broad ecosystem of developers to integrate and innovate with SmartThings using technologies of their choice.

Over the course of the next several months, we plan to focus on the development of a flexible, API-based ecosystem with improved device integration methods. We will transition to new services and integrations that offer lower latency, higher reliability, and local execution. These new tools will simplify the user experience into a single mobile app with an intuitive and powerful design.

If you’re affected by the change, Samsung said it will offer a discount on a third-generation SmartThings Hub.

Samsung SmartThings platform recently launched a Labs initiative that lets users test experimental features, including a universal remote and a gentle wake-up feature.

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