Welcome to our roundup of the top news articles from 2021. This is Q4, you can also check out the top stories from Q1, Q2 and Q3.
We are in the final fourth quarter of 2021 and interest is shifting to the Galaxy S22 series, which is expected in January, and to the new Snapdragon 8 Gen1 equipped phones.
Qualcomm’s new flagship chipset was announced, based on a 4nm node, with a Cortex-X2 core capable of operating at up to 3.0GHz, three high-performance Cortex-A710 cores at 2.5GHz and four Cortex-A510 for efficiency, running at 1.8 GHz.
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 an SD870 chip.
But it was the unofficial Galaxy S22 that dominated the news feed in Q4. Every leak, whether it was a rumor about a specification, an image of reported screen protectors, or an insider’s suggestion, was immediately of interest to our readers.
We now have a pretty good idea of what the Galaxy S22 series will be when they go official in January. But in the months of October, November and December, we discovered the camera details of the three upcoming phones, their design and their general specifications.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra was confirmed to have an S Pen in the body. 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 keep the 108MP, 12MP 0.5x, 10MP 3x and 10MP 10x, but with a great 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 looks like the Galaxy S22 Ultra will be bigger than its predecessor.
There were a few other important phone announcements in the fourth quarter. Google’s Pixel 6 duo came out alongside the new internal Tensor chip. The Pixel 6 duo also introduced a high-megapixel main camera in a Pixel for the first time.
Huawei’s P50 Pocket arrived to challenge the Galaxy Z Fold3. It showed off a gapless folding clamshell design, a 6.9-inch 120Hz main display and a 1-inch circular cover display, as well as a Snapdragon 888 with 4G.
Finally, the Oppo Find N, the company’s first foldable, was aimed at a new audience – those who wanted a phone that unfolded into a large inner display but folded into a small, usable outer one. It was an instant hit. It is indeed smaller than the Galaxy Z Fold3, but still has a fairly large 7.1-inch inner display. While the outer screen is a perfectly usable 5.49-inch 18:9 AMOLED. It’s only a shame that the Find N isn’t expected outside of China.
That’ll do it for 2021. We’re eager to get 2022 kicked off, see you soon – front page!
The company gives priority to the American variant of the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Behold, the first Galaxy S phone with a built-in S Pen.
The leak comes in the form of some alleged screen protectors for the devices.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro and Pro+ are pretty much the same, Redmi Note 11 tags with it.
Renewed demand for tablets has fueled a renaissance in the once-overlooked segment.
It looks like the Ultra model in the S22 series will offer a tangibly different look compared to the other two models.
The lineup is rumored to consist of two smartphones – Note 11 and Note 11 Pro.
OnePlus founder Pete Lau confirms the news on Weibo.
It’s already up for grabs in China.
All three phones will be available in China from December 31.
Samsung’s next flagship will improve image quality with comparable display hardware.
It’s unclear if the non-Pro models will also use eSIM technology or come with a physical SIM slot.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra will indeed carry an S Pen in its body, making the camera island redundant.
A 5,000 mAh battery, 48 MP main + 50 MP ultrawide + 8 MP 3.3x telephoto cameras, 32 MP selfie.
12/16GB RAM is again reserved for the Ultra variant.
The ultra-wide and selfie cameras will be the same as on the S21 and S21+.
That’s just as fast as on the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Mix 4.
Motorola also announced a Snapdraong 888+ powered Edge S30.
Sony’s extravagant “Pro” phone will arrive in select markets in Europe in early December.
It’s a mobile SoC with a lot of AI and ML stuff built in.
Impressive new cameras and a super-powerful custom Tensor chipset.
Mavic 3 Cine brings a 1TB SSD and Apple ProRes support.
Facebook’s social network remains the same, don’t worry.
The Snapdragon 778G+ and 695 will target the premium mid-range market, while the 680 and 480+ will target more affordable models.
The phone also has a slightly larger 6.6-inch screen compared to the M3 Pro 5G. The main improvement to the camera is the addition of an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens.
The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset offers 5G support, Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E.
Both chipsets offer fast 5G and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, the option of fanless designs and battery life measured in days.
Both the CPU and GPU will offer higher performance and lower power consumption. The 5G modem can deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
The company teased the new foldable in anticipation of Oppo’s Inno Days.
Oppo opted for a smaller device and chose a healthy 18:9 aspect ratio for the external display (the internal is 8.4:9).
The phone is quite different from both the OnePlus 9 and 9R. It should be faster than both and it has a better camera than the 9R
They also get an improved 48MP selfie module.
The report cites supply chain restrictions and China’s power restrictions.
That’s twice what the iPhone 13 series has.
The images suggest an extra high aspect ratio.
Available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users.
A source code of MIUI 13 suggests.
Traffic light triple camera solution at the back, a flat panel at the front.
Tired of those Lightning cables?
Since the official renders are already out, it won’t be long before Garmin introduces these wearables.
The G200 and G51 have 6.8″ high refresh rate LCDs, the G71, G41 and G31 opt for 6.4″ 60Hz OLED panels.
And will also be powered by the yet-unannounced Snapdragon 898.
The small flagship will be announced on December 28.
The Reno7 Pro 5G has a breathing warning light around the camera island.
Maybe the Galaxy S22 Ultra doesn’t have a “P-shaped” camera after all.
It will be available in two colors.
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The company says it has accumulated CNY 100 million in revenue and sold 40 units per second.