New MacBook Pros are reportedly all set to launch later this year and they will be powered by the Apple M1X chipset, says @Dylandkt. Next year Apple will refresh the MacBook Air with a complete redesign and the M2 chipset, which will be less powerful.
The M1X will be fabbed on TSMC’s N5P process, a refined version of the 5 nm node used for the current M1. The chip will most likely use the same core architecture as the M1, namely Firestorm and Icestorm cores that are also found in the A14.
According to Dylan, the M1X will have a 10-core CPU with 8 big and 2 efficient cores (compared to the M1, which has a 4 + 4 configuration). The GPU core count (8 on the current chip) can be doubled or even quadruped. There could be a new Mac mini with the M1X too.
MacBook Air: Intel (left) • M1 (right)
In contrast, the Apple M2 will have fewer CPU cores, though they should switch to a new architecture and a new node (which probably means higher clock speeds too). An earlier report from Nikkei Asia claimed that Apple will order 3 nm chipsets next year for use in new iPad Pro models. Presumably, this refers to the M2 chip that will be shared with the MacBook Air too (both devices rely on only passive cooling, while the beefier M1X design will likely benefit from active cooling).
Or instead of sharing chips between form factors, Apple may diversify its chipset lineup with dedicated phone, tablet, laptop and desktop chips. The Nikkei report already mentioned that the iPhone chips will be fabbed on a 4 nm process, so some diversification seems inevitable.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Buds2 were not going to have Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), at least that’s what the early rumors said. Now leakster Ice Universe provides evidence to the contrary.
The Buds2 will support ANC as can be seen in the screenshot below. Currently, only the Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy Buds Live have active cancellation, while the Buds and Buds+ relied on just passive noise suppression.
The Buds2 will have that too, with silicone ear tips as can be seen in the pairing animation that leaked earlier today. This is where Ambient Sound mode comes in, it allows sound from your surroundings to reach your ears, which is handy when talking to someone. This feature was available even on the original buds.
A screenshot that reveals that the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 will have active noise cancellation
Anyway, the Galaxy Buds2 will deliver better bass, according to leakster. In our review we noted that the original Buds had really poor bass output and we found a marked improvement with the Buds+ when we reviewed them. The Buds2 are unlikely to match the Buds Pro, which have a 2-way speaker system with an 11 mm driver serving as a woofer, but improved bass will go along way towards justifying the price.
The Galaxy Buds2 are rumored to cost $150-$170 in the US and €180-€200 in Europe. This is Buds Pro kind of pricing, especially accounting for recent discounts. The Buds2, the new foldable flagships and the new smartwatches will be unveiled on August 11.
With the vivo V21 5G, V21e and V21e 5G already official the company might be looking to add a fourt member to the V21 family dubbed V21 SE.
The handset popped up on Geekbench about two months ago running the Snapdragon 720G and we now have another confirmation of its progressing development. It comes in the form of a AI Benchmark listing revealing 8GB of RAM and Android 11.
A screenshot from the AI Benchmark listing
Interestingly enough, the 4G version of the vivo V21e is running the same exact chip so we wonder what’s going to set the V21e and V21 SE apart. We will probably know sooner than later.
Users in Malaysia are reporting an OTA update is hitting their Samsung Galaxy A20s units carrying One UI 3.1 based on Android 11. And this marks the second and final major update for the Galaxy A20s that was released in 2019.
The firmware version is A207FXXU2CUFA and also bumps up the security patch to June 2021. All of the Android 11-intrinsic features are available along with some of the functionalities that One UI 3.1 brings. This includes a new UI design, better privacy control over apps, chat bubbles and overall better system optimization.
More markets should receive the update soon in the typical staged rollout. You might have to wait a couple of days before it hits your device too.
The new iPhones are expected to arrive in three months and we keep hearing more reports about them. According to the latest one Foxconn and Pegatron will be the two major manufacturing partners for the 2021 phones, with them sharing orders of the iPhone 13 mini.
Reports from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claim this will be the last mini device for the foreseeable future after “poor sales”, with only three phones launching in 2022. A previous report said that we’ll see a cheaper large-screened 14 Max replace the mini, so that’s still not decided seemingly.
Dummy units: iPhone 13 Pro Max, 13 Pro, vanilla 13 and 13 mini
Foxconn being the major manufacturer of iPhones is hardly a surprise while Apple sticking to Pegatron is big news, after the Taiwanese company was put on probation following labor violations at a students’ labor program. Insiders confirmed Foxconn will still be manufacturing a major part of the iPhone 13 units.
Meanwhile we got yet another confirmation that the iPhone 13 Pros will have better camera setups compared to the iPhone 12 Pro models as the square setup on the back will grow. A protective case for the new model placed over the current one clearly illustrates the difference.
Oppo filed a trademark for the “Oppo M1” chip back in 2019. At the time it was assumed that this will be an in-house designed chipset as the company reportedly hired engineers from MediaTek and Spreadtrum (aka Unisoc). Last year the company padded out that team with Qualcomm, HiSilicon and more MediaTek hires.
Now leakster Digital Chat Station reveals that the M1 chip is actually a custom Image Signal Processor (ISP). ISPs are responsible for taking in the raw pixel data from the camera sensor and performing all the necessary steps to convert that to the final photo or video frame.
This includes color correction, sharpening and even more complicated procedures such as stacking. The better the processing, the better the final image quality, we’ve seen that proven plenty of times.
Night mode and similar are processed by the ISP
Google had its own custom ISP in older Pixels, though it recently switched to relying on just the hardware inside the Snapdragon chipsets. Oppo had been doing the same until now, but a custom chip will better suit the company’s focus on camera excellence.
This ISP chip is the first product from the Project Mariana team (hence “M1”). This team reportedly includes engineers form sibling brands OnePlus and Realme, so it’s quite likely that their phones will also feature the M1 chip.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that Oppo doesn’t have a custom chipset in the works. It and Xiaomi are reportedly working on 5G chipsets that are slated to arrive this year. Xiaomi already has a custom ISP, the Surge C1 chip, which was featured in the Mi Mix Fold.
The first time we heard something about a Lite version of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 was last year. But we’ve heard little about it since and some even suggested the Lite mode might have been axed due to the global chip shortage. Yet now The Korea Herald sparks those rumors once again claiming that Samsung is readying a Lite model for the upcoming Unpacked event.
It’s clear by now that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Z Fold3 with the former even getting a solid price cut according to numerous rumors. But introducing an entirely new, cheaper version of the model is something else. We remain somewhat vigilant of the presented information because we haven’t heard almost anything about the Lite as opposed to the very detailed leaks for the Z Flip3 and Z Fold3.
On the other hand, the intel about the discontinuation of the Z Flip3 Lite may be partially true and we haven’t seen any specs or renders as it’s still far from being released. This in turn suggests that the Lite might merely come later in the year rather than being cancelled altogether.
The Phantom X, Tecno’s first premium phone, is now available in a couple of countries. Tecno is normally focused on emerging markets and even this premium model won’t be available globally.
The Phantom X is now available
Right now you can find it online in Nigeria at a price of NGN 228,000 ($555/€470) and Kenya at KES 50,000 ($460/€390). These links will take you to the site dedicated to the Phantom line to differentiate it from regular Tecno models. The company has a presence in other African countries as well as South America, so the phone should be available in more regions soon.
Here are snippets from the Phantom X launch party:
We have already reviewed the Phantom X if you want our thoughts on the 50 MP camera (with 1/1.3” sensor), the 90 Hz AMOLED display, 33W fast charging and other features, as well as the potential competition that this device faces, seeing how it is in a higher price bracket than previous Tecno models.
Nintendo today announced a new version of the Switch console. The new variant, simply called Nintendo Switch (OLED model), features an updated display, increased storage, improved speakers, and a better design.
The main new feature here is the 7-inch OLED display. This is a bump up from the 6.2-inch IPS LCD on the standard model, although both feature the same 1280×720 resolution.
The OLED model also features a redesigned kickstand at the back. Unlike the small strip on the standard model, the OLED model features a wide flap that is sturdier and can be adjusted to multiple positions.
Another improvement is to the audio. Nintendo doesn’t exactly mention what’s changed other than stating that the audio from the bottom-firing stereo speakers is now enhanced over the standard model.
The dock that comes with the OLED model has also been updated. It now includes an integrated LAN port, so you can get more reliable wired connectivity when playing in docked mode.
In case you are wondering what’s new on the inside, there’s not much to talk about. The only difference here is the presence of 64GB of internal storage, double that of the standard model. The OLED model still has the same Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC that the Switch has always had, so don’t expect games to run any better here.
Aside from these changes, this is still the same as the standard Switch that all of us are now familiar with. This means it supports all of the same games and accessories, and also has the same rated battery life as the standard model.
The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is priced at $350 and will be available starting October 8. It will be available in the standard Neon Red/Neon Blue set and also an exclusive White set. It will be sold alongside the standard Switch ($300) and Switch Lite ($200).
The tech company Nothing is releasing its first product on July 27 – TWS earphones called ear (1). Today the company revealed the audio accessory will arrive with Active Noise Cancellation and cost €99/£99/$99.
Tearing up the rulebook is never easy. We had to start from scratch and develop new processes to make our design a reality.
The product was also teased on Twitter and Instagram with a rather vague image that’s hard to read much into.
The teaser might be a metaphor for the crystal-clear sound the Nothing ear (1) or a nod towards the partially transparent body of the earphones themselves or something else entirely.
Carl Pei, the founder of OnePlus and the person behind Nothing gave an interview to TechCrunch, where an image of an earbud was shared. We don’t know whether this is the real thing or a concept the company was working on, and given the mysterious vibe around the product, we probably won’t know for sure until July 27.
Pei revealed the ear (1) will be sold predominantly online, and the €99/$99/£99 price is fair, especially compared with the AirPods Pro that are 2.5 times more expensive. He also revealed the IP patents from Essential were purchased solely for the name, as “Essential” was one of the names discussed before his team came up with Nothing.