Welcome to another week’s recap. With the approaching announcement of the Galaxy S21 family, there were inevitably a bunch of stories related to that. A set of case renders attempted to answer how the S Pen will attach to the S21 Ultra, raising more questions in the process, while a leaked infographic detailed the new cameras. A source claimed there won’t be a microSD slot on the non-Ultras, another unfortunate development. Most importantly, however, Samsung set the Unpacked date, officially.
The high-end Galaxies are yet to go live, but we did get a bunch of new announcements this week to get 2021 going. Samsung itself had the Galaxy M02s launch in India to battle it out with the Realmes and Redmis in the entry-level segment.
Speaking of, there was a Realme and a Redmi too. The Realme V15 5G is so far China only and comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED, a 64MP camera, and the Dimensity 800U chipset. The Redmi Note 9 5G, on the other hand, just escaped China adopting a T to set itself apart – known as the Redmi Note 9T 5G for the world, it sports a 6.53-inch LCD, a 48MP main camera (no ultra wide though), and a 5000mAh battery. The Mi 10i, meanwhile, is here to shuffle things up in the midrange with a Snapdragon 750G, a 108MP main camera, and a 120Hz LCD.
On the hardware front, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 480 chipset – the first SoC in the lower tier 400-series with 5G capability. A certification document out of China revealed that Huawei’s got a 135W charger in the works, rated at up to 20V/6.75A – a bit excessive for a phone, we reckon, and maybe a laptop adapter?
You can read the details on the these, as well as some other top stories by following the links below.
It’s more of the same for the S21 and S21+ while the S21 Ultra is the getting a longer periscope lens and an extra telephoto module.
The stylus will be available as a separate purchase – by itself or bundled with a case. And you’ll want the case if you don’t want to lose the S Pen.
It’s expected to go toe to toe with Xiaomi’s Mi Band line and will reporetedly launch in a week’s time.