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Week 52 in review: Xiaomi 12 series is here, 2021 is gone


It’s time to wrap up the last week of 2021 (we have a separate series for the top stories of the entire year).

Xiaomi waited until the very end of the year to announce its 12 series. The Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro have Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets, while the Xiaomi 12X has a Snapdragon 870. All three have 50MP main cameras, but the 12 Pro’s sensor is the largest at 1/1.28″ type. The Pro also has a 100mAh bigger battery, a bigger 1440p display that’s also variable refresh rate, thanks to 120Hz.

All three Xiaomi 12 phones are available from December 31 in China. We’re still waiting for information on international availability.

Xiaomi also introduced MIUI 13 with improved privacy with a three-step verification process, MIUI 13 Pad for tablets, and deeper integration in mind – between Xiaomi phones, tablets, TV, smart wearables, smart home devices, and the XiaoAI voice assistant. Stable MIUI 13 will begin rolling out from Q1 2022 for a lot of devices.

We’re also closing in on the Galaxy S21 FE unveil, which is expected sometime in January. We even saw an unboxing video of the unreleased phone.

That’s it for the top stories of week 52 and 2021. It was a blast, it happened fast, and we hope you’re still here when the dust settles on January 1! Have a good one!

All three phones will be available in China from December 31.


Xiaomi reveals key 12, 12 Pro specs as live photos leak

The phone will have three 50 MP cameras on the back.


Oneplus 10 Pro appears in retailer listings, could launch on January 4

The phone is up for reservations, pre-orders will begin next month.


Xiaomi introduces MIUI 13 with enhanced security and privacy

The user interface will remain on Android 12, just like the predecessor MIUI 12.5.


Samsung Galaxy S21 FE unboxed and reviewed by retailer buyer in South Africa

The lucky buyer posted videos and a few sample photos.


Oppo Find X5 or Find X5 Pro gets pictured in renders based on schematics

Oppo might in fact be launching three Find X5 devices soon.


Tecno Pova 5G announced with Dimensity 900 and 6,000mAh battery

It’s equipped with a 50MP main cam and boots HiOS 8 on top of Android 11.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra dummy pictured in the wild, 1TB variant is coming

Samsung will match Apple’s elite with a 1TB Galaxy S22 Ultra.


Xiaomi reveals stable MIUI 13 update roadmap

The first batch of Xiaomi devices is scheduled to get the new MIUI interface in Q1 2022.


Samsung Galaxy M33 5G appears on Geekbench with Exynos 1200 SoC, 6,000 mAh battery

This is likely to be identical to the Galaxy A53 5G, save for a larger battery capacity.


Xiaomi  Watch S1 debuts alongside TWS  Earphones  3

First sales in China start on December 31.


Microsoft patent reveals possible tri-fold Surface phone

It’s not expected to arrive any time soon though.


Oppo A11s introduced with SD 460 and 5,000 mAh battery

Oppo’s latest entry-level A-series phone is now official.


Tecno will bring Spark 8 Pro on December 29 with 33W fast charging

It will fill up from 0 to 85% in one hour.


Oppo to launch three Find X phones, might call them Find X5

One will come with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the second with Dimensity 9000, the third is yet to be revealed.


MIUI 13, Watch S1 will arrive alongside Xiaomi 12 series

S stands for Super and Strong, MIUI 13 will have different versions for phones and tablets.


Realme GT 2 series boasts Samsung Display LTPO screen with A+ DisplayMate rating

The screen will come in at 6.7-inches and will be supplied by Samsung Display.


Samsung resumes rollout of stable One UI 4 based on Android 12 after fixing bugs

The Google Play issues have been worked out.



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