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Week 12 in review: Poco duo, OnePlus 9 series, Realme 8 and vivo X60 debut

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.

The full list of our best read stories is below – make sure you haven’t missed any. See you in a week!

Xiaomi to introduce revolutionary battery for Mi 11 Ultra and all-new in-house chip on March 29

The power cell will be silicon-oxygen, while the chip is likely an ISP for the liquid lens.


Alleged Huawei P50 Pro+ images show wild penta-camera design

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.


Poco X3 Pro and Poco F3 debut with Snapdragon 860 and 870

Both phones come with 33W fast charging and the proprietary charger in the box.


OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro Android 11 update seems to be rolling out now

That said, it’s not perfect, issues have been reported.


Xiaomi teases the Mi 11 Ultra with revolutionary cooling design

It uses all three states of the matter – solid, liquid and gas.


Xiaomi confirms arrival of Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra at March 29 event

Just like everyone expected.


OnePlus 9R joins the game: an 8T with Snapdragon 870, 120Hz display

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.


OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro unveiled with Hasselblad cameras, 120Hz display, upgraded charging

The 9 Pro flaunts a bespoke Sony sensor, Fluid Display 2.0 and support for the new Warp Charge 50 Wireless charger.


Xiaomi Mi Mix phones to make comeback at March 29 event

Could it be Xiaomi’s new foldable smartphone?


Xiaomi Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro arrive with 120W charging, 144Hz displays

The vanilla version has a Snapdragon 870, the Pro goes for the flagship SD888.


Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 is coming on March 29

It’s said to feature an SpO2 sensor for blood oxygen level measurement.


The iPhone 13 Pro will reportedly shrink the notch, TouchID could be making a comeback

Also, the two Pro models will have upgraded OIS and Portrait mode (which will use LiDAR).


Huawei Mate X2 in for review

Huawei’s third generation foldable is with us.


Xiaomi officially schedules a March 29 launch: Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Lite expected

It will be live-streamed on major social media platforms.


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G coming to India next week

It should retail under INR 50,000 based on industry sources.


Watch the Poco F3 and Poco X3 Pro announcement live

One rebranded Redmi K40 and one new phone are expected on stage.


Apple A14X to be based on M1 chip, will debut on new iPad Pros

The long-rumored mini LED iPad Pros are in for significant performance gains.


Report: LG considers shutting down mobile division after sale talks fall through

LG was reportedly talking to Vingroup and Volkswagen to offload the ailing mobile division, but negotiations seem to have failed.


Realme 8 Pro unveiled with 108 MP main camera, 50W dart charging, Realme 8 tags along

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).


Xiaomi posts stellar 2020 annual results as it sold 10M premium smartphones

The company increased revenue, profit and overseas presence, all with double-percentage points.


Xiaomi Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro arrive with 120W charging, 144Hz displays

The vanilla version has a Snapdragon 870, the Pro goes for the flagship SD888.


Moto G100 brings Snapdragon 870 and 5,000 mAh battery to the global stage

Featuring Motorola’s “Ready For” platform and a 64MP quad-camera setup.


Motorola Moto G50 debuts with 5G and a 90Hz 720p display

Just wait till you hear how much Motorola is going to charge for one of these.


The new Snapdragon 780G is a 5nm mid-range chip with flagship-grade modem

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.


OnePlus Watch debuts with 1.4

First sales are scheduled to begin on April 14.


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