Week 13 in review: Xiaomi drops 6 new phones, two laptops, one band, new logo

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Xiaomi’s blockbuster announcement week is done, so let’s recap what happened. Xiaomi announced a bunch of phones – Mi Mix Fold, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11i, Mi 11 Lite 5G, Mi 11 Lite – two laptops – the Mi Smart Band 6 and a new logo and brand identity.

The foldable Mi Mix Fold has an 8.01-inch inner display and a 6.52-inch 90Hz outer display, it’s powered by the Snapdragon 888 and it will be available in China from April 16.

The Mi 11 Ultra and Mi 11 Pro both have 6.81-inch 120Hz AMOLED displays, 50MP main cameras and 5,000mAh batteries and are available from April 2. The Mi 11 Ultra adds a large sensor ultrawide and periscope camera and a secondary display on the rear.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G and 4G (which are both here at the office, under reviewing) offer Snapdragon 780G and Snapdragon 732G, respectively, identical 6.55-inch displays of 90Hz refresh rate and main 64MP cameras. The pair will be priced €299 and €369 when they become available.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 is here with 50% more screen estate thanks to the 1.56-inch AMOLED display. The band’s other major innovation is the addition of blood oxygen level tracking – SpO2. The Mi Smart Band 6 will come to China first, before going global as the Mi Band 6.

The final two devices Xiaomi delivered are the Mi Laptop Pro 15″ and 14″. The 15-incher uses an E4 AMOLED with 600 nits of peak brightness, while the 14-incher has a 120Hz-capable LCD. The pair use 11-th gen Intel Core-i5 or i7 processors and the NVIDIA MX450 GPU. Pre-orders for the pair kick off in late April.

Now moving focus to two former heavyweight smartphone makers that are far from their former glory – LG and Sony.

A report surfaced that LG may announce an exit from the smartphone market next week. This isn’t the first time we’re hearing this, but the reports have increased of late.

Contrarily, Sony will hold an event on April 14 at which it could announce the Xperia 1 III, the Xperia 10 III and possibly the Xperia 5 III. The Xperia 1 III will likely finally add a periscope lens. It will retain its 6.5-inch 4K OLED display and move to the Snapdragon 888 chipset.

Finally according to a Ming-Chi Kuo report, Apple will give the iPhone 13 Pro Max a slightly brighter lens than its counterparts. The iPhone 13 Pro Max will have an f/1.5 lens on its main camera, while the rest of the iPhone 13 models will use the 12MP f/1.6 that’s currently in the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 and 12 mini.

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

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra brings massive camera sensors and two screens, Mi 11i also announced

The phone features 67W wireless fast charging developed in house, which can fully fill the battery in 36 minutes.


Xiaomi's foldable Mi Mix Fold brings the first liquid lens with 3x magnification

The internal OLED display measures 8″ in size (4:3), the external display is 6.5″ (27:9). The phone is powered by the S888 and has a desktop mode.


Xiaomi announces 15

These two will be powered by Intel Core 11th generation processors, but the 15″ one is getting a Ryzen 5000H version soon too.


Oppo Reno6 appears online with a Dimensity 1200 chipset

The phone will have a 65W fast charging and a 90 Hz screen refresh rate.


Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 gets

The pill-shaped display on the band covers most of the front. Also, it has an SpO2 sensor.


Xiaomi unveils new logo and brand identity

Designed by Japanese graphic designer Kenya Hara.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G is the first phone with Snapdragon 780G, an LTE-only version also arrives

The phone will also be one of the lightest on the market with a 159g body and 6.81 mm thickness.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro debuts with Snapdragon 888 and Samsung’s GN2 50MP sensor

The middle child in the Mi 11 family is here.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra climbs to the top of DxOMark's camera chart, review still in progress

It beat its predecessor by 10 points and the previous leader, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+, by 4 points. 


Report: LG to exit mobile business after all

It’s looking like the end of the road for LG Mobile.


Oppo A54 unveiled with a 5,000 mAh battery, Helio P35 chipset

The phone was introduced to the media in Indonesia, sales will begin on April 1.


vivo Y30g announced with Helio P65, 6.5

It’s up for purchase in China.


Kuo: iPhone 13 Pro Max to have f/1.5 main lens, whole lineup to use 7P glass

The iPhone 13, 13 mini and 13 Pro are expected to use the current iPhone 12 wide camera.


Sony Xperia phone launch scheduled for April 14

It’s time for Sony to show out its 2021 phone lineup.


Samsung Galaxy Galaxy A Quantum 2 leaks on Google Play Console

This appears to be the rumored Galaxy A82 which might turn out to be a rebranded Galaxy A72 5G.


Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite specs and render surface

It’s expected to arrive in June this year alongside the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite.


New Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G surfaces on Geekbench with Snapdragon 865

Until now, the 4G version of the S20 FE had an Exynos 990 chipset – if you wanted the Snapdragon, you had to buy the 5G model.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is coming to India on April 23

It’s powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC, features dual display, and packs a 5,000 mAh battery with 67W charging.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra stars in its very own video teardown

See the Chinese company’s new monster phone from the inside!


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G arrives in India

It comes in a single 8GB/128GB configuration.


Huawei P50 possibly delayed again, MatePad Pro2 now the likely HarmonyOS pioneer

The tablet will be powered by the Kirin 9000, which is in short supply.


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