The column’s author may have changed this week, but the avalanche of publications continued in its entirety. The announcement of the OnePlus 9 line has been the focus of global attention in recent days, which also included new intermediate smartphones from Realme, Xiaomi and Motorola.
The mid-range segment also had two major hardware announcements, both from American chipmaker Qualcomm. The first is the Snapdragon 860 SoC, based on the 855 chip, which was equipped with flagships in 2019 and announced with the new Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro. The second was another snapdragon, this time the 780G. Qualcomm hasn’t released names of phones that come with the component, but everything indicates that we’ll find out soon. stay tuned NextPit So don’t miss any upcoming releases!
As my colleague Rahul made progress last week, OnePlus announced its new OnePlus 9 range this week. While most countries will get the Base and Pro versions – both with the Snapdragon 888 – the Indian market will have an additional model – the OnePlus 9R, which runs on the Snapdragon 870 chipset.
The new line brings the first fruits of OnePlus’ partnership with Swedish Hasselblad, currently only in software, and you can check the results in our OnePlus 9 Pro review. The full OnePlus 9 review is already in the oven, but in the meantime, how about unpacking the models that were sent to us for evaluation?
Another family that got a big update was the Moto G line. Lenovo / Motorola brought the Moto Edge S under the new name – the Moto G100, the smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 870 and brought back the concept of docks – which was used in Motorola Atrix 4G 10 years ago – to turn the smartphone into a PC or transform video game console connected to a monitor or television.
In addition, the Realme 8 line with the basic and Pro models was announced during the week. The hands-on game with Realme 8 Pro is already online and the full test will be published throughout the week.
Finally, the Chinese manufacturer Vivo launched the global Vivo X60 line, which changed the Exynos 1080 SoC for Snapdragon 870 (apparently we have a sample here) that lost the periscope lens but the optical stabilization system with gimbal and the German Zeiss -Signature has retained the lenses.
This week already starts with a launch event by Xiaomi on Monday (29). According to the brand’s publications on the Weibo social network, the “mega launch” will include at least the Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11 Ultra models and the return of the Mi Mix line. It remains to be seen which other devices should be announced and, more importantly, which ones will be rolled out globally.
Let’s get to the winners and losers of the week:
Winner of the Week: The consumer with more options to choose from
Given the number of smartphone launches this week, it doesn’t even seem like we’re in the middle of a true global processor supply crisis. The announcements covered everything from affordable models like the Realme 8 to the flagship OnePlus 9 Pro. The highlight, however, was the mid-range segment with models equipped with SoCs that were used in the 2019 and 2020 flagships.
The Snapdragon 870 and 860 chips are practically identical to the 865 (+) and 855 (+) models from 2020 and 2019. Although the relaunches aren’t particularly enthusiastic, they represent a step forward in terms of performance, graphics and user experience for the Audience that does not want or cannot pay $ 6.00 or € 800 for a phone.
This week the Snapdragon 780G was also presented, which not only brings four powerful Cortex-A78 CPUs instead of two A76 in the 765 / 765G / 768G series, but is also manufactured using the same 5 nm process that is used in Flagship SoCs is used. The chip promises not only more performance, but also more energy efficiency and intensifies the competition with the Samsung Exynos 1080 and the unpublished MediaTek Dimensity 1200.
Loser of the week: the consumer with Google’s quality control
An update released on Monday (22nd) caused an explosion of reports of crashes in apps. The culprit? The WebView system component used by thousands of popular apps on Android. The problem just showed the error message “The app has stopped working” without describing an actual cause so many users had no idea how to fix the problem.
Many found the solution on the NextPit pages – were here for that – and Google fixed the problem on Tuesday (23) with a new WebView and Chrome update. Even so, the experience left a bitter taste; After all, this isn’t the first time a version of the component has caused serious problems. In December 2019, for example, version 79 even caused data loss in some apps.
These were the highlights of the week that also showed renewed interest in cameras. As always, you can disagree or agree with the decisions in the comments!