OnePlus Clover: info on the new entry-level smartphone from OnePlus

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OnePlus would work well on a new entry-level smartphone. Internally called ” OnePlus Clover “, it is revealed with a little advance thanks to exclusive information obtained by Android Central.

OnePlus has made a real move upmarket with the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Better finished, more powerful, these last ones however also have for the main fault to be a little more expensive than their predecessors, which of course made tick many fans.

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OnePlus Clover, a new entry-level device

The brand has not yet confirmed anything, but rumors report that its engineers are currently working on a new device positioned this time on the entry-level. And today, Android Central allows us to see it a little more clearly.

Our colleagues have just published an article entirely focused on a smartphone called “OnePlus Clover”. An article including a lot of information about its technical sheet.

According to Android Central, therefore, the OnePlus Clover should be much less ambitious than the other models present in the brand’s catalog. Exit therefore the AMOLED screen, the Clover would bet on an IPS panel limited to a definition of 720p type, for a resolution of 1560 x 720 and a diagonal of 6.52 inches. Unsurprisingly, the SoC would also be more modest and the device would thus rely on a Snapdragon 460 coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage… expandable through a micro SD card.

A modest technical sheet, but a large battery and an unbeatable price (or almost)

Contrary to what we might have feared, the OnePlus Clover should offer great photo versatility thanks to a module made up of three different cameras: the main sensor of 13 mpx and two secondary sensors of 2 mpx each.

The best is yet to come. Still, according to the same source, the Clover would be equipped with a 6000 mAh battery compatible with 18 W fast charging! Battery which should give it a very good autonomy if we refer to the rest of its technical sheet.

The icing on the cake, the OnePlus Clover would be equipped with a headphone jack and it would also be entitled to an extremely accessible selling price. It should indeed be offered, in the United States, around $ 200.

iPhone 12: a cheaper battery to compensate for 5G?

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A new report from Ming-Chi Kuo hints that Apple will equip the iPhone 12 with a cheaper battery in order to cut costs. This would contain the price of the terminal despite the transition to 5G.

In a new note intended for investors, Kuo says according to AppleInsider that Apple seek to reduce the costs of the iPhone 12. The manufacturer has opted for cheaper batteries to power certain models of the next series of iPhone. According to the analyst at TF International Securities, Apple has reduced the number of layers of rigid-flexible cards as well as the size of the accumulator to reach an average unit price 40% to 50% less than the iPhone 11. Next year, with the iPhone 12S, the manufacturer could also completely abandon the rigid-flexible architecture to turn to a flexible architecture.

iPhone 12: a cheaper battery

A choice to compensate for the costly implementation of 5G

These cost-cutting measures were reportedly taken with the aim of offsetting the costly implementation costs of 5G. As a reminder, the four variants of the iPhone 12, i.e., iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, are all supposed to adopt this protocol. of new generation telecommunications.

According to Kuo, the upgrade to sub-6Ghz and millimeter-wave 5G technologies would involve a cost of $ 75 to $ 85 and $ 125 to 135, respectively. Suffice to say that despite the transition to 5G, the final price of the iPhone 12 should be similar to that of the previous generation. And in case there is a change, the difference should be small.

A less powerful battery in the iPhone 12?

Concretely, the new report from Ming-Chi Kuo suggests a drop in capacity of 883 mAh for the battery of the iPhone 12 compared to that of the iPhone 11, or 2227 mAh against 3110 mAh. The two intermediate models would respectively embed cells of 2775 mAh and 2815 mAh. As a reminder, the iPhone 11 Pro is powered by a 3190mAh battery.

The only variant that made an exception would be the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max which has a 3,500mAh battery, it would be powered by a 3,680mAh block.

It remains to be seen whether these possible drops in capacity will have an impact on the autonomy of these variants of the iPhone 12.

Please note, some Chinese smartphones would be delivered with malware

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While China and Huawei are accused of using smartphones as spy tools, Secure-D, a cybersecurity company, has uncovered a completely different threat: they discovered the presence of malware preinstalled on Android phones from the Chinese brand Tecno W2.

malware preinstalled on Android phones

The smartphones in question are entry-level models that are mainly intended for the African market: the infected devices were thus mainly found in Egypt, Ghana, but also in South Africa … Some models have also been very successful in the market. Asian, especially in Indonesia and Myanmar.

Money and personal data thieves!

It was in collaboration with BuzzFeed News that D-Secure discovered the famous malware. The company has revealed that its experts have updated two pieces of malware, Triada and xHelper, which do more than just pop-ups on infected phones.

The Triada malware attacks personal data stored in smartphones: the software begins by stealing the owners’ bank details, then it downloads applications without their knowledge and subscribes them to paid and premium services without their consent.

The xHelper program, on the other hand, floods the phone screen with intrusive advertisements and makes the shortcut icon disappear. Really tenacious, it is almost impossible to remove (automatic reinstallation) and remains invisible for most antiviruses currently available on the market.

A much more common practice than you might think

This is not the first that malware preinstalled on smartphones has been spotted by computer security experts. Last year, Google had already reported a similar case, involving more than 7 million Android smartphones around the world (all entry-level).

But why only low-cost phones? This is because often, manufacturers call on third-party developers to code the Android overlays of their smartphones. Some dishonest developers then take the opportunity to preinstall malicious programs on phones. Programs that they will then use to defraud future users.

In any case, with regard to Tecno W2 smartphones, Transsion Holding, the parent company of the brand, claimed to have nothing to do with this shameful practice. When asked by BuzzFeed News, the company accused an external supplier: “We have always attached great importance to the security of consumer data and the safety of products. Every software installed on every device goes through a series of rigorous security checks, such as our own security scanning platform, including Google Play Protect, GMS BTS, and VirusTotal testing, ” she said.

Eager to catch up with the users of its products, the firm announced the deployment of patches to “clean” all the workstations where Triada and xHelper have been preinstalled.

A concept of foldable iPhone 12 Galaxy Z Flip style

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Unlike other mobile phone giants, Apple has yet to enter the world of foldable smartphones. However, this concept of iPhone 12 Flip signed ConceptsiPhone has something to arouse our interest.

Thanks to patent filings as well as rumors, we already know that Apple is planning to market foldable terminals. Although the firm has not yet commented on this subject, it is obvious that it cannot ignore this kind of concept. Indeed, its main competitors, to name only Samsung and Huawei, already have foldable smartphones. Sure, it’s premature to talk about a foldable iPhone, but ConceptsiPhone uploaded a video to YouTube showing a so-called iPhone 12 that folds like a Galaxy Z Flip. To make the concept more attractive, the artist has imagined, in addition to the main screen, an external screen that can display notifications.

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A foldable iPhone without a notch

ConceptsiPhone opted for a notchless design. The front camera is therefore integrated into the panel. This gives this iPhone 12 Flip a rather attractive look. As if that weren’t enough, the designer came up with borders covered with a shiny material, probably aluminum. The back photo module is square shaped. This layout is reminiscent of how the photo sensors on the back of the iPhone 12 should be stored.

We will also highlight the presence of what appear to be stereo speaker grilles on the lower edge. Folding down the middle, this foldable iPhone 12 from ConceptsiPhone features physical buttons rather than tactile buttons. The Apple logo can be found where it always has been, near the upper center of the back, just below the back photo module.

$ 1,999

At the end of the video, a prize of $ 1,999 appears. A rather steep price, but given the prices of the existing foldable terminals, that would not be surprising. The concept really looks like something that could come out of Cupertino. Unfortunately, this is only a concept.

While Apple certainly imagines foldable iPhones, we’re unlikely to see such a device alongside the iPhone 12 this fall.

Xiaomi presents 50W fast wireless charging

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The more we use our smartphones, the faster they discharge. And recharging their battery can take time depending on the model and charging mode.

Xiaomi announces an exceptional charging capacity with its new smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra will allow full wireless charging in 40 minutes. Which is 3 hours less than the iPhone Pro Max 11 and 35 minutes less than the Huawei P40 Pro +.

Xiaomi presents 50W

So what system did Xiaomi use to allow a 4,500 mAh battery to be recharged in less than an hour with a 50W wireless charger?

The internal coil for rapid charging

Wireless charging is done by electromagnetic induction. The external coil in the charger transforms the mains current into a magnetic field. When you put the smartphone on the wireless charger, another field is created in the internal coil of the phone. This will induce a direct current which will recharge the battery.

For the new Xiaomi, the multi-strand winding allowed a narrow 5-layer winding. This will strongly channel the magnetic field. The more the latter is concentrated, the less there is current loss and the faster the charge.

In addition, the smartphone will constantly remain in communication with the charger. This will allow it to adjust the output current for maximized load.

An ingenious system at the level of the charge pump

The charge pump is the element that regulates the voltage between the coil and the battery. Depending on the need, it can either increase or decrease it.

On the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, the arrangement of the pumps contributes to the speed of recharging. Instead of the classic series connection of two pumps, the brand has opted to place them in parallel.

In fact, pumps are only 97% efficient. When they are placed in series, the inefficiencies are cumulative. We therefore arrive at 94% efficiency. Which is not the case in parallel?

In addition, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra will be equipped with new generation charge pumps. They are equipped with an efficiency of 98.5%. This knowing that 1.5% heat transformation counts a lot with a 50W charger for a phone.

To finalize the whole thing, the battery is divided into two cells of 2250 mAh connected in series. As for the pumps, they are connected to it with graphene material which is highly conductive.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra made official by its manufacturer

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Expected on a firm footing for some time, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is now official. With its muscular technical configuration, this new Android smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer has something to impress us.

Xiaomi Mi 10

Xiaomi’s list of high-end smartphones is growing. Promising to perform better than the Mi 10 Pro 5G launched last February, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra has multiple advantages that will certainly delight fans. Equipped with a curved OLED panel of 6.67 inches, the beast offers a Full HD + display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The touch sampling frequency of 240 Hz ensures smooth and intuitive navigation in all circumstances. In the field of photography, the Mi 10 Ultra relies on a quadruple back module consisting of a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 48-megapixel periscopic lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and a large sensor. 20-megapixel angle.

Up to 16 GB of RAM

For selfies, we are entitled to a 20 megapixel camera with an f / 2.3 aperture. Note that the screen of Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra has a punch to house the front photo sensor. The fingerprint reader is also integrated into the display.

Under the hood, the terminal sports a Snapdragon 865 processor associated with 8, 12 or 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128, 256 or 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. To keep components cool, the manufacturer opted for LiquidCool 2.0 vapor chamber cooling.

120W wired fast charge

Its compatibility with the Mi Turbo Charge 120W standard is one of the strengths of the Mi 10 Ultra. According to Xiaomi, this technology allows a 0 to 100% charge level to be reached in just 40 minutes. Speaking of power, know that the new flagship incorporates a battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is compatible with 50W wireless charging. This protocol allows the battery to be fully charged in 40 minutes.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra is already available for pre-order in China at a price of 5,299 yuan (646 €) for the basic 8 GB / 128 GB version. The 8/256 GB variant is priced at 5,599 yuan (680 €), against 5,999. yuan (€ 730) for the 12/256 GB model. Finally, the 16/512 GB version costs 6,999 yuan (€ 853). The phone will arrive in stores on August 16.

The Pixel 5 may have a tiny battery

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According to a new leak, the Pixel 5 could carry a small battery. Information that seems to contradict some rumors about the terminal.

Unlike other manufacturers, Google is used to supporting Pixel terminals with a small battery. A way for him to prove that autonomy does not depend only on the capacity of the accumulator, but also on software optimizations. If one of Phonearena’s sources is to be believed, this rule should not change with the Pixel 5. The company equipped the first Pixel smartphone with a 2770 mAh battery, but reduced this capacity by 70 mAh on the Pixel 2. Google showed a little generosity the following year by integrating a 2915 mAh cell in the Pixel 3 before turning back once again with the 2800 mAh battery of the Pixel 4. The same scenario could happen again with the Pixel 5.

Pixel 5

What about autonomy?

Admittedly, this capacity is higher than that of the previous generation, but remains well below what the competition offers. It remains to be seen whether Android 11 will be able to be a game-changer in terms of autonomy. As Phonearena points out, this report which was rerleased by fJason C seems to contradict rumors of recent weeks.

Theoretically, the increase in battery capacity necessarily translates into an improvement in autonomy. Except things might be different with the Pixel 5. We already know that the upcoming Pixel device will support 5G, which means it will need a lot more power than previous models. Besides, the rumored 5.8-inch or even 6.7-inch QHD + OLED display would only accelerate battery drain.

A presentation in October?

Google has already confirmed plans to launch the Pixel 5 this fall in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan and Taiwan. While the manufacturer has yet to provide an exact date, it looks like the Android 11-powered device may be presented on October 8 for availability from October 16.

BlackBerry to launch 5G smartphone with a physical keyboard in 2021

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BlackBerry has just announced news that may surprise a lot of people, especially on the side of the specialized press. The firm will indeed launch a new smartphone in 2021. Compatible with 5G, the latter will have the main feature of having a physical keyboard.

BlackBerry to launch 5G

The company then had good years before starting to sell its shares to its competitors. The arrival of Apple and the iPhone, but also of the first Android smartphones, has indeed caused it a lot of damage.

BlackBerry will launch a smartphone in 2021

RIM has of course tried everything to reverse the trend, without success. While the company held a 13% market share in 2009, it fell to 0.0% in 2016. As of that date, it had not sold more than 207,900 terminals. Faced with the situation, the firm decided to withdraw from the market in September of the same year, to focus exclusively on services to businesses, governments and administrations.

Four years later, the giant is, therefore, preparing to make its comeback on the market and launch a brand new smartphone.

The news is surprising, but BlackBerry has just announced that it intends to launch next year a brand new smartphone, developed in partnership with OnwardMobility and FIH Mobile. Better yet, the terminal in question will be launched during the first half of 2021 and it will be marketed in North America, of course, but also in Europe.

5G and a physical keyboard as a bonus

Few details have been given at the moment, but we do know that this brand new device will be 5G compatible and that it will also come with a full physical keyboard. However, we do not know the format of the phone. Before leaving the market, BlackBerry had indeed experimented a lot and some of you may still remember the surprising Passport.

However, this good news must be tempered. BlackBerry will not be personally responsible for the development of this new device. This part will, therefore, be entrusted to FIH Mobile. OnwardMobility, meanwhile, will take care of all the commercial strategy, BlackBerry focusing for its part on an advisory activity.