New reports from Cowen investment bank suggest that the launch of the highly anticipated iPhone 12 series will be delayed for at least two months. This is due to the effect of the current ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is well known that Apple unveils its devices usually in the 2nd week of September, this was the case with its 2019 series, however this time, iPhone 12 will be delayed and unveiled in November instead. Based on leaks, we should be getting about 4 models for the iPhone 12 series, all with screens ranging from 5. 1 inches and 6.7 inches, with two 6.1-inch models in between. All of the new iPhone 12 devices will support 5G connectivity and, come with OLED displays with smaller notches. As per the design, numerous leaks point towards a square casing with metal frame, compared to the round edges we've been familiar with. A peek at the spec sheet further indicates that the iPhone 12 series will have a A14 chipset based on TSMC's 5nm processor under the hood, 4GB RAM for basic models and 6GB for the Pro, 128GB/256GB storage (plus 512GB on Pro) and Dual-lens rear camera (triple-lens with LiDAR on Pro).
A month ago, Facebook launched its video conferencing platform - Facebook room - to compete with the likes of Zoom, Skype and other video service platforms - and the feature went live just about a few days ago. According to a report by WABetainfo, Facebook has integration Messenger Room in WhatsApp for Android in the 2.20.163 beta version. This integration brings a 'Room' icon in the sharing menu inside a WhatsApp chat and it directs you to the messenger app where you can navigate to either create or join a room. There's also a shortcut to creating a messenger room which you can access from the 'calls' tab on WhatsApp. For now Messenger Room Integration is only available to WhatsApp beta users in a limited number of countries but it is expected to reach other countries gradually.
We say the first ever because this is really the first time the company would be dishing out TWS Earbuds. The device was speculated to debut with the OnePlus 8 series last month, but the Bullets Wireless Z wireless in-ear headphones was unveiled instead. This time the true wireless earbuds is rumoured to land in July alongside the expected OnePlus Z. The Chinese company hasn't revealed details about the earbuds yet, but a recent post by popular tipster Max J indicates the launch date and also revealed an image suggested to be the actual design of the earbuds which particularly looks identical to Apple's Airpods. However we shouldn't be surprised if this doesn't turn out differently from last month's occurrence since the image is just a render and there's no official word from OnePlus, but until then, we wait.
TechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)3G bandsHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 21004G bandsLTESpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A LAUNCHAnnounced2020, May 15StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2020, June 19 BODYDimensions163.6 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm (6.44 x 2.96 x 0.35 in)Weight192 g (6.77 oz)SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSize6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2 (~82.8% screen-to-body ratio)Resolution720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density) PLATFORMOSAndroid 10, One UI 2.0ChipsetExynos 850CPUOcta-core (4x2.0 GHz & 4x2.0 GHz) MEMORYCard slotmicroSDXCInternal32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM eMMC 5.1 MAIN CAMERAQuad48 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDRVideo1080p@30fps SELFIE CAMERASingle13 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3.1", 1.12µmVideo1080p@30fps SOUNDLoudspeakerYes3.5mm jackYes COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotBluetooth5.0, A2DP, LEGPSYes, with A-GPSUSBYes FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh batteryChargingFast charging 15W MISCColorsBlack, White, Blue, RedModelsSM-A217F, SM-A217F/DS
NETWORK TechnologyGSM2G bandsGSM 900 / 1800 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)GPRSNoEDGENo LAUNCHAnnounced2020, May 12StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2020, May BODYDimensions132 x 50.5 x 15 mm (5.20 x 1.99 x 0.59 in)Weight91.3 g (3.21 oz)SIMSingle SIM (Mini-SIM) or Dual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by) Flashlight DISPLAYTypeTFT, 65K colorsSize2.4 inches, 17.8 cm2 (~26.8% screen-to-body ratio)Resolution240 x 320 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~167 ppi density) MEMORYCard slotNoPhonebook2000 entriesCall recordsYesInternal4MB CAMERA No SOUNDLoudspeakerYes3.5mm jackYes COMMSWLANNoBluetoothNoGPSNoRadioFM radio; built-in antennaUSBmicroUSB 2.0 FEATURESSensorsMessagingSMSGamesYesJavaNo BATTERY Removable Li-Ion 1020 mAh batteryStand-byUp to 560 hTalk timeUp to 19 h MISCColorsBlack, White
NETWORKTechnologyGSM2G bandsGSM 900 / 1800 - SIM 1 & SIM 2GPRSNoEDGENo LAUNCHAnnounced2020, May 12StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2020, May BODYDimensions132 x 50.5 x 15 mm (5.20 x 1.99 x 0.59 in)Weight90.5 g (3.21 oz)SIMDual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by) Flashlight DISPLAYTypeTFT, 65K colorsSize2.4 inches, 17.8 cm2 (~26.8% screen-to-body ratio)Resolution240 x 320 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~167 ppi density) MEMORYCard slotmicroSDPhonebook2000 entriesCall recordsYesInternal4MB MAIN CAMERASingleVGAVideoYes SELFIE CAMERA No SOUNDLoudspeakerYes3.5mm jackYes COMMSWLANNoBluetooth3.0GPSNoRadioFM radio; built-in antennaUSBmicroUSB 2.0 FEATURESSensorsMessagingSMSGamesYesJavaNo MP3 player BATTERY Removable Li-Ion 1020 mAh batteryStand-byUp to 560 hTalk timeUp to 19 h MISCColorsCyan, Red, Black
MIUI being the Chinese Android-based custom operating system is now getting its 12th version and Xiaomi took to twitter to post a cryptic puzzle with clues that points that this version - MIUI 12, may be launched for global markets on May 19. MIUI 12 is still based on Android 10 but will be coming with a lot of new features and visual improvements which includes: a flatter interface, new system animation, improved navigation gestures, new live wallpapers, improved dark mode and many more. It also brings a lot of new privacy related features called Flare, barbed wire - that tracks apps permission, and a AI Calling feature that transcribers calls for the hearing impaired. The company also shared a list of phones that will receive the software version in the first and second batch. Phones like the Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10, Mi 10 Youth Edition, Mi 9 Pro 5G, Mi 9, Mi CC9 series, Mi 9 SE, Mi 8 and many others.
Launched but yet to be officially released into the market - the MI Note 10 Lite is another phone in the MI Note 10 series, and it looks very identical to the Mi note 10 as it houses a snapdragon 730G under the hood, runs on the latest MIUI 11 based on Android 10 OS, and is powered by an impressive battery capacity with a 5260 mAh rating that supports fast charging at 30W with a 2.0 USB C reversible connector. Like the other MI 10 series, this device is built as a flagship design with a curved 3D glass cover on the front and back. The front design features a tear drop notch housing the selfie camera, a 6.47 inches AMOLED capacity touchscreen display made with gorilla glass 5 protection and a fingerprint sensor on display. News is that there might be an additional 8GB to the memory capacity, but as of now the device comes in a 6/64 GB and 6/128 GB variant. Camera sports a 16MP for the selfie and a quad rear camera housing a 64 MP wide, 8MP ultra wide, 5MP depth and a 2MPmacro sensor. The colour variants include midnight black, glacier white, and nebula purple. Mi Note 10 lite is expected to be released anytime in May, so in the meantime, let's keep your eyes locked on this space.
Launched in Forest Green, Midnight Grey, and Polar White colour variants, and alongside the Mi note 10 lite recently, the Redmi note 9 makes another addition to the Note 9 series comprising the note 9s, Pro and Pro Max. Making it's debut to the Redmi Note 9 is the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, which according to the company, is made for everyday gamers and will give users incredible visual quality and smoother video experience while using less. The processor boasts an Octa-core 2.0 CPU with a Mali-G52, and the device itself runs on Android 10: MIUI 11 with similar battery rating to the note 9 line up which is at 5020mAH but with fast charging at 18W. With a plastic frame, a rear that has the fingerprint sensor, and gorilla glass 5 protection upfront, note 9 features a punch hole embedded on a IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen sizing up to 6.53 inches, at 83.5% screen to body ratio. In the camera department is an identical quad rear and single selfie setup with the Redmi note 8 as it (note 9) consists of a 48MP wide lens, 8MP ultra wide, 2MP macro with auto focus and another 2MP depth sensor. The front camera houses a 13 MP with HDR and panorama features. Click to view more specifications of the Redmi note 9.
Apart from a few differences in certain departments, it seems these devices have pretty much the same features and capabilities. For one, they all come with the same OS - MIUI 11 based on Android 10, performing with the same Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G chipset, Octa-core processor and Adreno 618 GPU. In addition, they are all powered by same 5020mAh battery rating, however while Xiaomi Redmi note 9 Pro max supports fast charging at 33W boosting your phone to 50% in 30 minutes, Note 9 Pro's fast charging is at 30W, leaving Note 9s to 18W which is the lowest of the trio. Another similarity lies in the display and build - the 3 devices are framed by plastic, with glass on the back and on the front with a punched hole IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen protected by gorilla glass 5. The side mounted fingerprint sensor on all devices looks really incredible. We also see that they all come in the display size of 6.67 inches, and screen resolution at 1080 x 2400 pixels. Now, let's get to the areas in which these devices differ. Starting with the camera segment, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max boasts a quad camera arrangement in the rear which comprises a 64 MP wide angle lens plus a 8 MP ultra wide sensor, a 5 MP macro sensor and an additional 2MP depth sensor with a 32 MP as a selfie camera. The Redmi Note 9s & 9 Pro on the other hand both feature a 48 MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP rear camera and a 16 MP selfie camera. Xiaomi should have done a little more in the selfie segments, as it seems they packed all the excitement in the rear. We already see the Redmi Note 9s in 64GB 4GB RAM and 128GB 6GB RAM variants and in the colours Aurora Blue, Glacier White, Interstellar Gray. The Redmi Note 9 Pro will come in 64GB 6GB and 128GB 6GB RAM - in Tropical Green, Glacier White, and Interstellar Gray colour. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will be available in the same memory variants as the Note 9 Pro but with an additional 128GB, 8GB RAM and in colour Aurora Blue, Glacier White, and Interstellar Black. While the Redmi Note 9s graced the market on the 30th of April which was last month, the other devices are expected to be released later this month.