Week 16 in review: M1 iPad, AirTags official, Galaxy S20 FE with SD865 is here


Another week came and went, and it’s time we did a recap. Apple’s first event of the year took place and it brought new iPad Pros, a new iMac, the AirTag smart tracker and a purple paint job for the iPhone 12 and 12 mini.

The Apple iPad now has an M1 processor straight off the MacBook Pro and Air. It’s unclear if the tablet will finally start to do more computer stuff like have proper file system support, or run desktop apps like Final Cut Pro. But it now has support for Thunderbolt 4 through its USB-C port, allowing it to power an external monitor.

The iPad Pro 11-inch retained its excellent 120Hz IPS LCD, but the 12.9-inch iPad Pro now has a mini-LED display with a typical brightness of 1,000 nits and a peak brightness of 1,600 nits. It’s still 120Hz, HDR10 and Dolby Vision certified. Apple calls it the Liquid Retina XDR.

The iMac got a thin and colorful new design and the ARM-based M1 chip. It has a 23.5-inch 4.5K display with 500 nits, a starting configuration of 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD and a starting price of $1,299.

The AirTags launch on April 30 for $29 per piece or $99 for a four pack. They have built-in Ultra Wideband technology for precision finding. In true Apple fashion the tags can’t attach to anything without a paid accessory. Still, putting an AirTag into a pocket is free after that initial $29 fee.

The smartphone market got back to growth in Q1 with a 24% increase in shipments. Samsung led the way with a 32% jump in sales, followed by Apple and Xiaomi. In raw numbers Samsung shipped 77 million phones, Apple 57 million and Xiaomi 49 million. Huawei was on the opposite end of the spectrum, dropping out of the top 5 for the first time in years.

The next generation under-display cameras will reportedly be a big improvement over the first one we saw in the ZTE Axon 20. These new cameras are reportedly coming in the second half of 2021 with phones from Samsung and Oppo (foldables), vivo, Xiaomi, ZTE and Meizu in the works.

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE now uses the Snapdragon 865 chipset uniformly across both 4G and 5G models. The Exynos 990 will be faded out.

The Google Pixel 5a 5G, which is rumored to arrive on June 11, will sport a Snapdragon 765G, matching the Pixel 5 for processing power.

Okay, those were the key topics of the week. You can find the full list of best read stories below. See you next week!

New iPad Pros come with M1 chipset, 5G and Thunderbolt, the 12.9

The M1 chip is much faster and you can configure your tablet with up to 16 GB of RAM and 2 TB storage.

SA: Smartphone market surges 24% in Q1 2021, Huawei no longer in Top 5

All top five companies improved their overall shipments on a yearly basis.

Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, vivo, ZTE to launch phones with under-display cameras this year

The next-gen under-display cameras are reportedly “greatly improved”.

MediaTek first to release a 4nm chipset, already has orders from OEMs

The chip won’t come cheap, though.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G with a Snapdragon 865 chipset is official

No more Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20 FE.

Apple unveils a new and colorful iMac with M1, starting at $1,299

It comes with upgrades all-round.

Sony Alpha engineers explain how they developed the Xperia 1 III camera

The team had a similar philosophy when working on the Xperia flagship as it did when developing the Alpha cameras.

Apple introduces Purple color for the iPhone 12 and 12 mini

There are new color options for leather and silicone cases, the MagSafe wallet too.

Google Pixel 5a 5G will have the Snapdragon 765G at the helm

This has been revealed through code in the Android 12 Developer Preview 3.

Samsung Galaxy M32 spotted with 6,000 mAh battery

It will likely share a few key specs with the Galaxy A32.

New Redmi gaming phone arriving on April 27, will be part of K40 series

It will be heavily modified, including physical shoulder triggers and a switch for Game Mode.

iPhone 13 mini prototype photographed, the two cameras are now laid out diagonally

Just as we’ve seen in iPhone 13 and 13 mini renders. 

Apple will release iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 next week

The news comes officially from the company itself.

Redmi gaming phone to have Dimensity 1200, big battery and 67W charging

The phone is said to cost from CNY1,999, which is just north of $300.

Exclusive: the Honor 50 series is coming next month with a dual ring camera design

The design is a big departure from the Honor V40 that was unveiled in January.

Report: Samsung considered bringing back the 3D ToF sensor for the Galaxy S22, decided not to

Apparently, it was Apple’s decision to include a ToF sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro that caused Samsung to think about bringing it back.

OxygenOS hotfix rolling out for the OnePlus 7 and 7T series

The original Android 11 update was released almost a month ago, but was pulled due to bugs. This hotfix resolves those bugs.

Samsung expands its Upcycle program for reusing old Galaxy phones at home

They can be used as sensors, baby monitors, and camera solutions.

Redmi K40 Gaming Edition teased with impressive AnTuTu score

Beats the Snapdragon 870.

Tecno Camon 17 surfaces with Helio G85 chipset and 48MP camera

Tecno hasn’t officially announced the phone, technically, but a store in Kenya is already accepting pre-orders.

Apple AirTag arrives for $29, uses Ultra Wideband and does Emoji

The AirTag uses the Find My app to navigate you to your belongings.

Oppo K9 teased with 65W fast-charging and 64MP camera

The new K-series smartphone will be unveiled on May 6.

Redmi K40 Gaming Edition confirmed to have Dimensity 1200

The 6nm platform will be a first for the Redmi K40 family.


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