Top stories of 2021: Q4


Welcome to our recap of the top news articles of 2021. This is Q4, you can also take a look at the top stories of Q1, Q2 and Q3.

We’re at the closing fourth quarter of 2021 and the tide of interest is shifting towards the Galaxy S22 series, expected in January, and at the new Snapdragon 8 Gen1-equipped phones.

The new Qualcomm flagship chipset was announced, based on a 4nm node, with a Cortex-X2 core that can run at up to 3.0GHz, three performance Cortex-A710 cores at 2.5GHz, and four Cortex-A510 for efficiency, running at 1.8GHz.

The first official phone to get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was Motorola’s Edge X30.

Xiaomi ended the year with its 12 series – the 12 and 12 Pro on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform, and the 12X with a SD870 chip.

Top stories of 2021: Q4

But it was the unofficial Galaxy S22 that dominated the news feed in Q4. Every leak, whether it was a rumor of a specification, an image of reported screen protectors, or a proposition from an insider, was immediately interesting to our readers.

We now have a pretty good idea of what the Galaxy S22 series will be when they are official in January. But throughout the months of October, November, and December we found out the camera details of the three upcoming phones, their design, and their general specs.

It was confirmed that the Galaxy S22 Ultra would have an in-body S Pen. We learned that the Galaxy S22 and S22+ will get new 50MP main cameras and a conventional (read, non-binning) 10MP 3x telephoto, while the S22 Ultra would retain the 108MP, 12MP 0.5x, 10MP 3x and 10MP 10x, but with a big improvement in computational photography.

We saw images of Galaxy S22 series dummies, stacked against current phones, like the Galaxy Note20 Ultra and S21 Ultra. It appears that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will be bigger than its predecessor.

There were a few other major phone announcements in Q4. Google’s Pixel 6 duo came out alongside the new in-house Tensor chip. The Pixel 6 duo also ushered in a high-megapixel main camera for the first time in a Pixel.

Huawei’s P50 Pocket arrived to challenge the Galaxy Z Fold3. It flaunted a gapless clamshell folding design, a 6.9-inch 120Hz main screen, and a 1-inch circular cover screen, as well as a Snapdragon 888 with 4G.

Finally, the Oppo Find N, the company’s first foldable was aimed at a new crowd – those that wanted a phone that unfolded to a big inner display but folded to a small, usable outer one. It was an instant hit. Indeed, it’s smaller than the Galaxy Z Fold3 but still has a fairly huge 7.1-inch inside display. While its outer display is a perfectly-usable 5.49-inch 18:9 AMOLED. It only makes it more of a shame that the Find N isn’t expected outside of China.

That will do it for 2021. We’re eager to get 2022 started, see you there – front page!

Samsung Galaxy S22 series reportedly enters mass production

The company is prioritizing the US variant of the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra leaks in hands-on shots

Behold, the first Galaxy S phone with a built-in S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ leak hints at wider displays with almost no bezels

The leak comes in the form of a couple of alleged screen protectors for the devices.

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.

Best tablets of 2021

The revived demand for tablets brought a renaissance to the once overlooked segment.

Latest Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra renders depict water drop camera design

Looks like the Ultra model in the S22 series will offer a tangibly different look compared to the other two models.

Redmi Note 11 series is arriving on October 28

The lineup is rumored to consist of two smartphones – Note 11 and Note 11 Pro.

OnePlus 10 Pro launch confirmed for January 2022

OnePlus founder Pete Lau confirms the news on Weibo.

Huawei P50 Pocket comes with gapless folding screen and SD888 chipset

It’s already up for grabs in China.

Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro debut with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets, Xiaomi 12X comes with SD870

All three phones will be available in China from December 31.

Galaxy S22 Ultra has far better image quality than S21U thanks to new processing

Samsung’s next flagship will improve upon image quality with similar imaging hardware.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro to come without a SIM card slot

It’s unclear if the non-Pro models will also use eSIM tech or come with a physical SIM slot.

Samsung Galaxy S22 series dummies pictured, S Pen colors confirmed

The Galaxy S22 Ultra will indeed carry an S Pen in its body, does away with the camera island.

OnePlus 10 Pro specs leak - 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz, Snapdragon 8 gen 1, IP68

A 5,000mAh battery, 48MP main + 50MP ultrawide + 8MP 3.3x tele cameras, 32MP selfie.

Samsung Galaxy S22 memory and color options leaked by retailers

12/16GB RAM is once again reserved for the Ultra variant.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ cameras detailed: 50MP main, 10MP 3x telephoto

The ultra wide and the selfie cameras will be the same as on the S21 and S21+.

Redmi Note 11 Pro tipped to feature 120W charging

That’s as fast as on the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Mix 4.

Motorola Edge X30 debuts with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Special Edition carries under-display camera

Motorola also announced a Snapdraong 888+ powered Edge S30.

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.

Google Tensor chipset announced with barely any official details

It’s a mobile SoC with a lot of AI and ML stuff built in.

Google's Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are all about smarts and imaging

Impressive new cameras and a super powerful custom-built Tensor chipset.

DJI Mavic 3 has M4/3 sensor, 46 minute flight time and 5.1K video capture

Mavic 3 Cine brings a 1TB SSD and Apple ProRes support.

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

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

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.

Poco M4 Pro 5G announced with Dimensity 810, improved cameras, 33W fast charging

The phone also has a slightly larger 6.6″ display compared to the M3 Pro 5G. The major camera improvement is the addition of an 8 MP ultra-wide.

MediaTek announces Dimensity 9000 5G chipset built on a 4nm process

The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset will bring 5G support, Bluetooth 5.3, and Wi-Fi 6E.

The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 is the first 5nm chipset for Windows-on-ARM laptops, 7c+ Gen 3 tags along

Both chipsets offer fast 5G and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, the option for fanless designs and battery life measured in days.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 unveiled with new ARMv9 CPU cores, new Adreno GPU architecture

Both the CPU and the GPU will offer higher performance and reduced power usage. The 5G modem can deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

Oppo Find N is the company’s first foldable phone, to be announced December 15

The company teased the new foldable in anticipation of Oppo’s Inno Days.

Oppo Find N unveiled with 7.1

Oppo went for a smaller device and picked a sane 18:9 aspect ratio for the external display (the internal one is 8.4:9).

OnePlus 9RT goes official with SD 888 with better cooling, 6.62

The phone is quite different from both the OnePlus 9 and the 9R. It should be faster than both and it has a better camera than the 9R

Apple iPhone 14 Pro series to come with punch-hole displays

They will also get an upgraded 48MP selfie module.

Nikkei: Apple has halted iPhone production for the first time in over a decade

The report cites supply chain constraints and China’s power restrictions.

iPhone 14 to come with up to 2TB storage option

That’s twice as much of what the iPhone 13 lineup has.

Xiaomi 12 spotted in the wild

The images suggest an extra high aspect ratio.

Microsoft releases Windows 11

Available as a free upgrade to Windows 10 users.

Xiaomi almost ready to update 9 of its smartphones to MIUI 13

A source code from MIUI 13 suggests.

Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ to bring few design changes

Traffic-light triple-camera solution on the back, a flat panel on the front.

You can now buy the world's first USB-C iPhone

Tired of those Lightning cables?

Massive leak reveals Garmin's new Venu, Epix, Fenix, and Instinct series smartwatches

Since the official renders are already out, it shouldn’t be too long before Garmin introduces these wearables.

Motorola unveils Moto G200 5G with SD 888+, along with four other G-series models

The G200 and G51 have 6.8″ LCDs with high refresh rate, the G71, G41 and G31 opt for 6.4″ 60Hz OLED panels.

Xiaomi Redmi K50 Pro+ to feature a periscope zoom and 108MP cameras

And will also be powered by the still unannounced Snapdragon 898.

Xiaomi 12 specs and prices leak

The diminutive flagship will be announced on December 28.

Oppo Reno7, Reno7 Pro and Reno7 SE go official

The Reno7 Pro 5G has a breathing notification light around the camera island.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra gets updated CAD renders with dual-camera islands

Perhaps the Galaxy S22 Ultra won’t have a “P-shaped” camera after all.

OnePlus 9RT specs officially confirmed, sales begin October 19

It will be available in two colors.

The best flagships and flagship killers to get for the Holiday season 2021

Check out which phones made our list.

Oppo reports record-breaking sales of Reno7, stock sold out in 15 minutes

The company says it gathered CNY100 million of income, sold 40 units per second.


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