Week 20 review: Android 12 debuts, Pixel 6 leaks, 1-inch camera a reality
As we see the end of another week, it’s time to recap its major events.
The next major Android update has been announced. Android 12 entered beta this week and comes with a major new design, called Material You, which changes dynamically with your wallpaper.
All you need to do is choose a wallpaper and the system automatically determines which colors are dominant, which are complementary and which “just look great”. It then applies those colors to the entire operating system – the notification shade, the lock screen, volume controls, new widgets, and more.
Android 12 is first available for Pixel phones, but other manufacturers have released early beta access as well. The operating system will get its stable version this fall.
The new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which we saw in detailed renders this week, are likely to come with Android 12 preloaded. The pair shares the new design with a white rear panel with an orange accent and a black stripe for the cameras. The Pixel 6 will have dual cameras (likely wide and ultra-wide), while the larger Pixel 6 Pro will have periscope zoom.
Samsung has announced that it is using Wear OS for its upcoming smartwatches. Google and Samsung have announced a strategic partnership that will see the Samsung OneUI-themed Wear OS smartwatches released later this year.
Sharp beat Huawei by putting a 1-inch sensor in a smartphone with the Aquos R6. Arriving in Japan in June, the Sharp Aquos R6 has a single rear camera, jointly developed with Leica, with the largest camera sensor on a smartphone. The Aquos R6 has more otherworldly features like a screen that dynamically switches from 1Hz to 240Hz. There’s also a Snapdragon 888, up to 12GB of RAM, and a 5,000mAh battery. The price has not yet been announced.
Meanwhile, Microsoft announced the end of Windows 10X, which was supposed to be a lite version of Windows 10 designed specifically for dual-screen devices, such as the Surface Neo. Instead, Windows 10X features will be included in mainstream Windows 10 software.
Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset, which is a slightly toned down version of the 5nm Snapdragon 780G chipset, built on TSMC’s 6nm node.
Poco has unveiled the M3 Pro 5G with a 90Hz display and Dimensity 700 chipset. Poco M3 Pro 5G is available on the official Poco website or via Amazon, AliExpress and Goboo. The 4/64 GB model starts at € 180, the 6/128 GB version starts at € 200. However, Poco does offer early bird deals, which drop the price to € 160 and € 180, respectively.
These were the main stories of the week. See you next time!
It is the largest camera sensor ever installed in a cell phone.
The first beta will be available today on pixels and devices from other manufacturers.
Sales in Japan are expected to begin on May 28.
Some screenshots of the redesigned UI elements are included.
It is already in place for pre-booking in China.
Will be integrated with Windows 10 and other Microsoft products.
The May 2021 release also comes with the usual security updates.
It’s not intended for consumer consumption, however.
The Redmi Note 10 Ultra presents itself as a fairly powerful handset.
The local market could get a new version of Redmi Note 10 with three cameras.
The compact phone will also have modest specs, including 4GB of RAM and an HD + display.
This is the model powered by Snapdragon 865.
The new version of the software was initially deployed in China in April.
Featuring flat sides and a new mint green color.
This is a 6nm version of the SD 780G released in March.
The phone has a new design, but it’s not that different from the vanilla M3 on the inside.
There are approximately 3,000 units of the Velvet 2 Pro available exclusively to LG employees.
The very unusual design of the back is confirmed.
It will pack a 6.4-inch screen, support wireless charging, and feature stereo speakers.
The next watch will be able to detect the first signs of heart disease.
Samsung is not giving details on the next Galaxy Watch.
A leak suggests that the chipset is really in the process of being manufactured.
Its 5G counterpart was spotted on Geekbench with Dimensity 700 SoC last month.
The company’s latest tweet included a photo of the back with the thickness and weight of the next phone.
The Oppo Reno6 series is expected to be announced on May 27.
It supports over 100 dials and is IP68 dust and water resistant.