NextPit Asus Zenfone 8 display
NextPit Asus Zenfone 8 display

It’s sunday and you know what that means right? If you’re new here, this is the day NextPit takes a look at all of the week’s major tech events and picks a winner and a loser. This week our decisions have been pretty easy. This week’s winner is Asus for developing the excellent Zenfone 8, while WhatsApp is our easy pick for the loser – again!

But before we dive into these two topics in depth, let’s take a look at what has happened in the consumer technology world over the past seven days.

New Google Pixel 6 renders are provoking polarizing reactions

Google Pixel 6 renders

You are seeing the next generation of Google Pixel 6 devices! / © Jon Prosser

Google may have disappointed all of its fans with the Pixel 5 – thanks to the delivery of the flagship tag once held by its predecessor. However, a new leak from this week seems to suggest that Google could revert to its tried and true formula of launching two Pixel devices with the Pixel 6 series on it. The leaked images were courtesy of the serial leak Jon Prosser, and tech blogger Max Weinbach confirmed that the design is indeed correct. However, he revealed that the colors shown on the renderings are slightly different.

Take a look at the picture above and let us know what you think.

Another MediaTek chipset!

mediatek dimension 900

Say hello to the new MediaTek Dimensity 900! / © MediaTek

Qualcomm’s archenemy MediaTek is on the move. The company recently established itself as the largest smartphone SoC provider in 2020 and has been continuously bringing interesting new SoCs to market. Fresh out of the oven is MediaTek’s latest 5G-enabled SoC known as the MediaTek Dimensity 900.

The new SoC, which is positioned above the existing Dimesity 800 series, seems to close the gap between the 800 and 1xxx series. The new model has an octa-core CPU with two Cortex-A78 cores with 2.4 GHz for performance and six Cortex-A55 units with 2 GHz for efficiency.

With this SoC, expect a flurry of mid-range devices before the end of 2021.

Huawei P50 appears in renderings

Huawei could even fail in its home market of China, where Oppo has overtaken it in terms of market share. However, the company isn’t in the mood to give up on what it seems – especially after looking at recently leaked images from its flagship camera smartphone – the Huawei P50.

Huawei P50 series

Well, this is the Huawei P50. What do you think? / © Rodent950

New renders of the phone have appeared on Twitter via a handle known as @ RODENT950. The leakster claims these are not models and are actual representations of the phone. Take a look at the picture below and let us know what you think!

Xiaomi is off the hook in the USA

Do you remember that a few months ago we reported that Xiaomi was having problems with the US government? At that time, the company was blacklisted, which would have prevented American individuals and companies from investing in the Chinese brand.

This week the US Department of Defense decided, to make Xiaomi’s relief, blacklisted Xiaomi. This will be a sigh of relief for many affected Xiaomi investors from the US.

iPhone 12 production hit by Covid-19

In case you didn’t already know, Apple started making iPhones in India a long time ago. However, production of the Apple iPhone 12 series in India was hit hard after it was revealed that half of the employees at the Foxconn facility that made these devices tested positive for Covid-19.

India is currently battling a deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and has consistently reported well over 200,000 cases per day for almost a month.

Coming soon: A Windows laptop with an Exynos chipset

Samung Exynos processor

Expect to see this logo on Windows notebooks soon! / © Samsung

Samsung is reportedly working with AMD to deliver a new Exynos chipset that could be used on Windows laptops in the near future. The new chipset – probably named Exynos 2200 – will also (not surprisingly) have an AMD Radeon GPU thanks to the collaboration between the two semiconductor giants announced last year. Not much is known about the Exynos 2200, other than that it is based on Samsung’s 5nm manufacturing process.

Winner of the week: Asus for the Zenfone 8

NextPit Asus Zenfone 8 back

Isn’t that a beautiful looking phone? / © NextPit

This week’s winner was a unanimous winner from the NextPit editorial team. Everyone in the office seemed absolutely to love the new Zenfone 8, which officially launched this week.

As Antoine mentions in his practical article, with the Zenfone 8, Asus has managed to deliver an excellent phone that offers a compact form factor without sacrificing important functions.

While Asus has kept the wacky flip camera from the more expensive model (Asus Zenfone 8 Flip), almost everyone has been spotted in tech blogging who defied the sheer simplicity of the cheaper Zenfone 8. Is not it?

Loser of the week: WhatsApp’s endless problems with the law

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WhatsApp seems to be in a constant battle with government agencies / © buketaltindal / Shutterstock; Assembly: NextPit

From this Saturday, May 15, 2021, WhatsApp’s new (and controversial) privacy policy should come into effect. However, it has hit a major roadblock in Germany. This is all thanks to a ban imposed by the Hamburg commissioner for data protection and freedom of information.

According to the Commissioner, WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy is not very clear and it is also alleged that the data transfer provisions are scattered at different levels of the privacy policy. If that wasn’t all, the terms would be “unclear and difficult to distinguish in their European and international versions,” he quoted.

While WhatsApp may roll out the new privacy policy in other countries, this new rule could have a spillover effect in the rest of the EU. It would be interesting to see how this entire scenario plays out.

Since we are into WhatsApp, let us know what you think by taking our weekly survey!

That’s pretty much all we have for you this week. I hope you had a great weekend!


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