Week 20 in review: Android 12 debuts, Pixel 6 leaks, 1-inch camera a reality


As we see another week’s end it’s time to recap the major events from it.

Android’s next major update was announced. Android 12 entered beta phase this week and comes with a major new design, called Material You, that dynamically changes with your wallpaper.

You simply 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 across the entire OS – the notification shade, the lock screen, the volume controls, new widgets, and so on.

Android 12 is available for Pixel phones at first but other manufacturers have also released early beta access. The OS will get its stable release this Fall.

Likely to come with Android 12 preloaded are the new Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, both of which we saw in detailed renders this week. The pair share the new design featuring a white back panel with orange accent and a black strip for the cameras. The Pixel 6 will have two cameras (likely wide and ultrawide), while the Pixel 6 Pro, which will be larger, has a periscope zoom.

Samsung announced that it use Wear OS for its upcoming smartwatches. Google and Samsung announced a strategic partnership that will see Samsung OneUI-themed Wear OS smartwatches come out later this year.

Sharp beat Huawei to putting 1-inch sensor in a smartphone with the Aquos R6. Coming to Japan in June, the Sharp Aquos R6 has a single camera on the rear, jointly developed with Leica, with the largest camera sensor on a smartphone. The Aquos R6 has more otherworldly features like a screen that goes from 1Hz to 240Hz dynamically. There’s also a Snapdragon 888, up to 12GB of RAM and a 5,000mAh battery. Price is yet to be announced.

Meanwhile Microsoft announced the end of Windows 10X, which was meant to be a stripped-down version of Windows 10 designed specifically for dual-screen devices, such as the Surface Neo. Instead Windows 10X features will be included in the 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 unveiled the M3 Pro 5G with a 90Hz screen and the Dimensity 700 chipset. Poco M3 Pro 5G is available through Poco’s official website or through Amazon, AliExpress and Goboo. The 4/64 GB model starts at €180, the 6/128 GB version is €200. However, Poco is offering early bird deals, which drop the price to €160 and €180, respectively.

Those were the key stories of the week. See you next one!

Sharp Aquos R6 debuts with 240Hz screen and enormous 1” sensor

It is the biggest camera sensor put in a mobile phone ever.


Android 12 reaches beta phase, introducing a huge redesign

The first beta will be available today on Pixels and devices from other makers.


Sony Xperia Ace 2 unveiled in Japan, brings 5.5-inch screen and Helio P35 chipset

Sales in Japan are scheduled to begin on May 28.


Google is planning a big UI overhaul for Android 12, leak suggests

Some screenshots of the re-designed UI elements included.


Samsung Galaxy F52 5G announced with Snapdragon 750G and 120Hz screen

It’s already up for pre-booking in China.


Microsoft announces that Windows 10X has been canceled

Will be integrated into Windows 10 and other Microsoft products.


Latest Samsung Galaxy Note10 series update brings camera improvements

The May 2021 build also comes along with the usual security updates.


Oppo has an Android 12 beta ready for the Find X3 Pro already

It’s not meant for consumer consumption, though.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Ultra makes a brief appearance, specs and prices revealed

The Redmi Note 10 Ultra shapes up to be a pretty powerful handset.


Xiaomi Redmi Note series reaches 200 million sales

The local market might get a new Redmi Note 10 version with three cameras.


Sony Xperia Ace 2 appears on Google Play with Helio P35

The compact phone will also have modest specs, including 4 GB RAM and HD+ screen.


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE LTE version now available in Vietnam

This is the Snapdragon 865 powered model.


Xiaomi Mi 11 gets MIUI 12.5 update in Europe

The new software version was initially rolled out in China back in April.


Apple Watch Series 7 leaks in renders

Featuring flat sides and a new mint green color.


Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 778G chipset

It’s an 6nm version of the SD 780G launched in March.


Poco M3 Pro 5G unveiled with Dimensity 700 and 90Hz display

The phone has a new design, but it is not that different from the vanilla M3 on the inside.


LG selling Velvet 2 Pro, Rollable phone to employees in South Korea

There are about 3000 units of the Velvet 2 Pro exclusively available to LG emplyees.


Google Pixel 6 Pro leaks in new renders, more details outed

The very unusual design of the back is confirmed.


Google Pixel 6 appears in new renders, more specs revealed

It will pack a 6.4″ screen, support wireless charging, and feature stereo speakers.


Huawei smartwatch with blood pressure measurement coming in H2

The upcoming watch will be able to detect early signs of heart disease.


Samsung confirms it's moving its Galaxy Watch to Wear OS

Samsung isn’t giving specifics about the next Galaxy Watch.


Honor 50 might be the first phone with Snapdragon 775G

A leakster suggests the chipset is really in the making.


Samsung Galaxy A22 4G pops up on Geekbench with key specs, bags FCC certification

Its 5G counterpart was spotted on Geekbench with Dimensity 700 SoC last month.


Poco M3 Pro 5G design officially confirmed, main camera will have a 48 MP sensor

The latest tweet by the company included a picture of the back along with thickness and weight of the upcoming phone.


Oppo Reno6 smartphones appear on company website and online retailers

The Oppo Reno6 series is scheduled to be announced on May 27.


Realme Watch 2 Pro announced with 1.75

It supports more than 100 watchfaces and is IP68 dust and water-resistant.




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