Week 12 of 2021 was one of the most action-packed in recent memory with two dozen smartphone announcement and a bunch of spicy leaks.
Poco brought its F3 flagship and X3 Pro mid-ranger, while OnePlus announced its most numerous flagship line to date with the 9R, 9 and 9 Pro.
Realme had its own announcement for the 8 series, while vivo started the global rollout of its X60 series.
Black Shark 4 series went official as well as the Motorola G50 and G100, while Qualcomm debuted a new platform – the 780G – combining upper mid-range performance with flaghsip modem.
The final major storyline was Xiaomi confirming its event for tomorrow, March 29 and giving a few clues as to what we might expect at it. The Mi 11 Pro, Ultra and Lite are coming alongside a new Mi Band and an in-house chip. The “mega launch” description by the company is certainly not an overstatement.
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The P50 series will have a characteristic camera bump with two prominent circles – but what is inside those circles? These renders purport to show that.
The 9R also boasts a vapor chamber to cool its chipset (it aspires to be a gaming phone), plus a 4,500 mAh battery with 65W fast charging support.
The 9 Pro flaunts a bespoke Sony sensor, Fluid Display 2.0 and support for the new Warp Charge 50 Wireless charger.
LG was reportedly talking to Vingroup and Volkswagen to offload the ailing mobile division, but negotiations seem to have failed.
The two phones are quite similar to the Realme 7 and 7 Pro. The 8 Pro has a far better camera, but little else has changed (not even the chipset).
It has a triple ISP and an NPU that is almost as fast as that in the 865/870. It features Kryo 670 CPU and Adreno 642 GPU.