Week 43 in review: Redmi Note 11 series debut, Xperia Pro-I is here with 1-inch type sensor


Another week to recap, let’s begin. Xiaomi introduced three new phones in China – Redmi Note 11 Pro and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ and the more affordable vanilla Redmi Note 11. The two Pro devices are identical aside from one key difference – the Plus variant brings 120W fast charging, while the regular Pro has a bigger battery.

The Redmi Note 11 is going to be available in Gradient, Black, and Mint Blue colors and start from CNY1,199 ($187). The first flash sale will take place on Monday, November 1. Redmi Note 11 Pro will follow on November 5 in Black, Aurora Gradient, Violet, or Forest Green colors. Prices start from CNY1,699 ($265). The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ will be available on the same day as its non-Plus sibling, but it starts from CNY1,999 ($310) and skips on the gradient paint job.

Sony unveiled a phone we scarcely heard rumors for. The Xperia Pro-I (I for Imaging) brings the 1-inch type sensor from the company’s popular RX100 VII pocket camera but optimized for a phone. What that means is that while in fact there is a 1″-type sensor in the phone, it’s not being used in its entirety and it effectively behaves more like a 1/1.33″-type unit, essentially the same size you’d find in a Galaxy S21 Ultra, vivo X70 Pro+, or a Mi 11, and smaller than the one in the Mi 11 Ultra (1/1.12″-type). The Xperia Pro-I brings a Snapdragon 888 with 12GB of RAM, a 512GB expandable storage option and 4,500mAh battery for the price of €1,800/$1,800. The rest of its cameras are a 50mm and 16mm.

Qualcomm unveiled four new chipsets – well, two new chipsets and two Plus versions of current chips. The focus is mostly on 5G, though there is a new option for 4G-only needs. The 6nm Snapdragon 778G+ allows for higher clock speeds than its predecessor.

The Snapdragon 690 is a follow-up to the 690, but with mmWave 5G support. The Snapdragon 680 features a 4G LTE modem, so this will be used in basic mid-rangers. Finally, the Snapdragon 480+ is still an 8nm chip with 5G, relatively old Kryo 460 CPU cores and an Adreno 619 GPU. However, the prime CPU now runs at 2.2 GHz (up from 2.0 GHz), the GPU has been sped up as well.

Finally, we heard the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ will have flat displays and rear panels. The Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a curved front, the brightest display yet with up to 1500 nits, and a green color option.

That’s it for this week. See you next one!

Three-strong Redmi Note 11 series debuts, Pro+ brings 120W fast charging

The Redmi Note 11 Pro and Pro+ are pretty much the same, Redmi Note 11 tags along.

Sony Xperia Pro-I brings 1.0-inch sensor and variable f/2.0-4.0 aperture

Sony’s extravagant “Pro” phone will arrive in early December in select markets in Europe.

Xiaomi reveals the Redmi Note 11 Pro design, confirms the Dimensity 920 chipset

This 6 nm chip scored over 500,000 points in AnTuTu. In one of the promo images the phone is held by Uniq member Wang Yibo.

Four new Snapdragon chipsets unveiled for mid-range and entry-level phones

The Snapdragon 778G+ and 695 will cater to the premium mid-range market, while the 680 and 480+ aim at more affordable models.

Xiaomi to bring 108MP camera to Redmi Note 11 series

It will once again offer 9-in-1 pixel binning with 2.1 μm large pixels.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 series confirmed to bring 120W charging

Geekbench reveals a Dimensity 920-powered phone will be part of the family.

Early Pixel 6 benchmarks put CPU performance below Snapdragon 888, Exynos 2100

The single-core performance is identical since they all use the same big cores, it’s the multi-core performance where the Google chip lags behind.

Some early Pixel 6 buyers report screen issues: weird flickering, green tint, a second punch hole

This is the first day of shipping for Google’s new flagships.

Xiaomi 12 to have high screen-to-body ratio and smaller punch-hole in display

The chin will be trimmed too.

Redmi Note 11 appears on TENAA with 6.6

Xiaomi’s official teasers for the Note 11 series today detail symmetrical stereo speakers by JBL with Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio support.

Oppo A56 5G goes official with Dimensity 700 and 5,000 mAh battery

It comes with similar specs across the board as its predecessor – the A55 5G.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ to feature flat displays and backs

IceUniverse claims the upcoming flagships will look like the iPhone 13 series without a notch.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra to come in a green color too

It might look like the Galaxy Z Fold3’s Phantom Green.

Apple releases macOS Monterey for Apple silicon and Intel-based Macs

Features SharePlay, Universal Control, AirPlay to Mac, new Safari, and more.

Watch the Google Pixel 6 Pro battle it out with the iPhone 13 Pro Max in a speed test

Apple’s most premium phone vs. The king of “Android as Google intended it”.

Sony Xperia Pro-I to cost $1,800 in the US

It comes with a 1″ type sensor and variable aperture.

Samsung releases One UI 4 promo videos, reveals the skin is headed to laptops

Get ready for One UI Book 4.

Oppo Reno7 Pro passes through 3C, charging speed confirmed

The certification is also an indication of fast approaching market launch.

Google unveils Android 12L, tailored to tablets, foldables, and ChromeOS devices

It will be available early next year, “in time for the next wave of Android 12 tablets and foldables”.

Next Apple iPhone SE to come in 2022 with 4.7-inch display and 5G

Expect a 5.7-inch to 6.1-inch LCD with a punch hole in 2024.

Realme 9 Pro+ (RMX3393) registered in the IMEI database

The phone will allegedly be powered by the Snapdragon 870 – an old chip, but a massive upgrade over the 720G of the Realme 8 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra to have the brightest screen yet

The current Galaxy S21 Ultra peaks at 1500 nits.

Intel announces new 12th Gen Core desktop processors based on Alder Lake architecture

Features a new hybrid core architecture with performance and efficiency cores, DDR5 memory, and PCIe 5.0.

Facebook the company rebrands as Meta to take us all into the metaverse

Facebook the social network stays the same, don’t worry.


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