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 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!
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.
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
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
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
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!