New Huawei phones launch without 5G, as company blames US sanctions

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Would you buy a new Huawei phone without 5G?

Huawei has unveiled the P50 and P50 Pro, two premium smartphones running the company’s proprietary HarmonyOS platform – rather than the standard Android UI – but without 5G connectivity (via Financial Times).

We’d heard as much in specs leaks for the P50 earlier in the year. It’s something of a step back for Huawei, as an early adopter and cheerleader of 5G technology, but restrictions on trading with US companies has seemingly prevented it from accessing 5G version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processors (as Chinese competitor Xiaomi has done without issue in the Mi 11 handset).

In an online event, Huawei exec Richard Yu specifically called out “US sanctions” as the reason why “our new smartphones cannot run on 5G wireless connections even though we are surely the global leader in 5G technology.”

Yu paints a positive picture still, saying that “with 4G, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and our AI computing algorithms, we still can provide as powerful a performance as all the 5G phones” – though there is certainly a sense of Huawei’s wings having been clipped, and the capabilities of the P50 and P50 Pro being less than desired by the Huawei and its customers alike.

Analysis: Falling at the 5G hurdle

Huawei’s 5G ambitions have been somewhat dampened over the past few years, as tensions between the US and China have risen, and countries around the world have grown more wary of Huawei as a trustworthy telecommunications partner.

In the UK, Huawei was initially positioned as a low-cost provider of 5G services – although the UK government followed suit with the US in 2020, banning the sale of new Huawei phones and ordering the removal of Huawei technology from national communication networks by 2027.

Huawei’s issues on the global stage have prevented it from accessing the parts and processors other companies are currently enjoying in their products, and even restricted its ability to offer services to existing customers – with the US banning it from offering Google-run services such as Gmail and YouTube.

5G is, while a relatively technology, becoming increasingly standardised on premium smartphones, and the loss of 5G connectivity for the P50 series will no doubt be a blow to the company – as well as any Huawei fans who will be making do with 4G on these devices. 

However, with no announcement yet of these phones shipping outside of China, it’s an uncertain future for the company’s handsets worldwide, especially if it can’t access the 5G chipsets needed to compete with Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi’s flagship phones.

Google Pixel 5a leaked price is basically exactly what you’d expect

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No surprises

In the world of smartphone news, there are surprises and there are non-surprises, and the latest Google Pixel 5a leak about its price is staunchly in the latter category.

As reported by Front Page Tech, the phone will apparently cost $450 in the US – that converts to about £320 or AU$610, though Google has confirmed the phone is only launching in the US and Japan.

It’s not clear where FPT got its information, but it’s a fairly reliable website, so only take the news with a medium pinch of salt. The site adds that apparently the phone will launch on August 26.

No alarms and no surprises

The Google Pixel 4a cost $349 / £349 / AU$599, while the Pixel 4a 5G sold for $499 / £499 / AU$799, so this new leaked price is firmly in the remit of our expectations.

Front Page Tech suggests the Pixel 5a will use the Snapdragon 765G chipset, which the Pixel 4a 5G also used, and we’d expect that to mean the Pixel 5a will also be a 5G phone. 

If that’s correct, the Pixel 5a price being cheaper than the 4a 5G is good news for people who want a low-cost 5G phone, which there aren’t too many of in the US.

If the recent news hasn’t scratched your ‘surprising Google pixel phone price leak’ itch – firstly, that’s a peculiar need you have there – secondly, perhaps the Google Pixel 6 news will help.

Apparently, the recently-revealed Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro could end up costing a premium amount, which would be way more than the Pixel 5, and it shows Google making up for the lack of a meaningful price difference between its 2020 smartphones.

Perhaps we’ll get clarity on this Pixel 5 price leak come August 26, but maybe we’ll have to wait longer (or get information sooner). We don’t have a solid Pixel 6 launch date either.

Now Samsung isn’t the world’s biggest smartphone seller, either

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Now Samsung isn’t the world’s biggest smartphone seller, either

A new report has claimed that Samsung has lost its spot as the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer to Chinese challenger Xiaomi.

The latest figures from Counterpoint Research believe Xiaomi has toppled Samsung for number one spot worldwide following an incredible period of growth over the past few months.

The firm’s research found Xiaomi’s sales grew 26% in June 2021 compared to the previous month, catapulting it past Apple and Samsung for the number one spot. The growth gave Xiaomi 17.1% of the global smartphone market, overtaking Samsung on 15.7%.

Xiaomi top spot

The news follows a great few months for Xiaomi, with multiple industry observers highlighting the company’s growth and success in 2021 so far.

According to a recent report from analyst firm Strategy Analytics, the company also overtook Samsung to become the largest smartphone firm in the EMEA region in Q2 2021 following a massive 67.1% increase in shipments compared to the previous year.

A separate report from Omdia also recently claimed Xiaomi was also now the second-largest smartphone vendor globally (behind Samsung) following a surge of shipments in 2021.

Its lead could only continue to grow over the next few months, as Xiaomi is currently gearing up for the launch of its new flagship smartphone lineup and other products including the Mi Pad 5 series on August 10.

Counterpoint Research noted that the decline of fellow Chinese firms Huawei and Honor had created a vacuum for Xiaomi to exploit, with the company seeing big gains in its native country.

Samsung’s output was not helped by a wave of Covid-19 cases across its key production plants in Vietnam, which disrupted supply and could have a longer-lasting effect for the company.

Google Pixel 6 release date, price, news and everything we know so far

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The Google Pixel 6 officially revealed with later 2021 release

The Google Pixel 6 – or at least the Pixel 6 Pro – could be the most exciting Pixel phone in years. Google has officially revealed these handsets, and they look just like the leaks predicted: sleek devices with a visor-like camera block that splits the back cover in two.

That’s not the only interesting thing about them though, as the Google Pixel 6 range has been confirmed to pack an in-house chipset for the first time – one that we haven’t seen in any other phone. It’s called Google Tensor, and the company has hyped up everything the new phones can do with the new custom silicon.

These phones could appeal to a wide audience too, with the Pixel 6 possibly being mid-range like the Pixel 5, while the Pixel 6 Pro might be a premium device like the Pixel 4. We don’t have much in the way of specs or pricing yet, but we’re eager to find out.

We might not have too much longer to wait for the Google Pixel 6 range either, as while the exact release date is unknown, Google confirmed it will launch in ‘fall 2021’ (meaning September, October or November) in the US, so it’s likely to land in or around October like its predecessor, possibly alongside Android 12.

While Google has officially revealed a bit of information, leakers have gone to town on the Google Pixel 6, and we’re hearing new information about the device all the time. You can scroll on down for all the important information we’ve heard so far, including the first official Pixel 6 images.

Expect to learn more about the Google Pixel 6 as the months go on, and we’ll be keeping this article updated, so check back regularly.

Google Pixel 6 release date and price

The Google Pixel 6 release date has been confirmed to be in ‘fall 2021’ (meaning September – November) in the US (Q3 to Q4 2021 elsewhere). The rumor so far says to expect it in October, but that it could slip to November if there’s a chipset shortage.

That makes sense, as we’d expect the phone to come out towards the end of 2021, based on Google’s flagship trends. October is most likely the best bet, even without this rumor.

With regards to price, that’s a bit harder to guess, because while the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 were more premium offerings, the Pixel 5 is a mid-ranged phone, and we don’t know if Google will stick in that price range or return to the top end.

For reference, the Pixel 5 cost $699 / £599 / AU$999 so maybe we could see a similar price again. That said, given that there’s a Pixel 6 Pro as well, we might see both a mid-range Pixel 6 and a high-end Pro model, with the latter probably costing a lot more than the Pixel 5.

While we still don’t have an official price for either phone, Google hardware executive Rick Osterloh was quoted in Der Spiegel as saying the Pixel 6 ‘belongs in the upper segment’ of phones as a ‘mainstream premium product.’ 

The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, Osterloh said ‘will be expensive.’ Given that he said the last two years of Google phones (including the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4) weren’t competing in the flagship market segment, Osterloh may be suggesting that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will be pricier than we expected.

Design and display

Google officially revealed the Pixel 6 in a series of tweets in early August – and the company essentially confirmed the design leaks that trickled out through 2021.

Without further ado, here’s officially how the Pixel 6 will look:

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As you can see there’s a camera block that runs across the width of the back, jutting out, and a three-tone color scheme in a range of options. The image above shows both the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, with the Pro model having more space above the camera block.

That camera block has glossy silver edges on the Pixel 6 Pro and matte black ones on the standard Pixel 6. Flip the phone to the front and you can see an all-screen design with a selfie camera in a central punch-hole. The front is visible in the tweet video below.

Google was light on screen specs, but according to Marques Brownlee (a YouTuber who got hands-on time with the phones) the Pixel 6 Pro has a slightly curved 120Hz screen of around 6.7 inches, while the standard Pixel 6 has a smaller 90Hz flat screen.

Beyond that we’re in leak territory for additional design and display details, with one source claiming that the Google Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display, and dimensions of 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm (with an 11.5mm camera bump), along with dual stereo speakers.

Elsewhere we’ve heard that the Pixel 6 Pro might have a QHD resolution, while the Pixel 6 might have a 6.4-inch flat screen. That screen size has been echoed by Jon Prosser (a leaker with a good track record), who also points to both models using OLED, and says that the Pixel 6 Pro’s screen is 6.71 inches (which is in line with Brownlee’s claim of it being around 6.7 inches).

Camera and battery

When Google officially revealed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro via tweet in early August, the company confirmed the former will get two cameras and the latter will get three shooters – with the extra being a 4x optical telephoto.

There wasn’t any other information from Google itself, but Marques Brownlee (who was granted hands-on time with the phones) claims that the other two lenses are main and ultra-wide ones.

He also stated that Google has switched to all new photo sensors, for basically the first time since the Pixel 2, and that the Pixel 6 is likely to offer a significant video upgrade on the Pixel 5, thanks to the new chipset (more on which further down) powering computational photography.

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Beyond that, a leak previously suggested that we’d see a 50MP main camera with a larger sensor than on the Pixel 5, plus an 8MP periscope snapper and an ultra-wide camera.

But another leak points to the Pixel 6 having a 50MP main and 12MP ultra-wide camera, while the Pixel 6 Pro apparently has both of those along with a 48MP telephoto one. This source also claims that the Pixel 6 has an 8MP selfie camera while the Pixel 6 Pro has a 12MP one.

Code in the Google camera app meanwhile suggests that the front-facing camera on the Pixel 6 might support 4K video recording, which is higher resolution than most selfie cameras can get.

As for the battery, there’s no official news about this but a source claims the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 5,000mAh one, with the Pixel 6 having a smaller one. Elsewhere we’ve heard the same claim, but this leak details the Pixel 6’s battery too, saying that it’s 4,614mAh.

We’ve also heard that – unsurprisingly – the phones will support wireless charging.

They might support faster wireless charging than the 12W offered by the Pixel 5 though, as evidence of a new wireless charger has been found in Android 12 code, and there’s mention of fans – a feature which helps keep the phone and charger cool when pumping out lots of power.

Specs and features

When Google revealed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in early August, the company also unveiled the Google Tensor – its first custom chipset, which the tech giant suggested will improve the cameras, speech recognition, and other features – especially improving voice commands, translation, captioning and dictation, with more things carried out on device. 

According to Brownlee (who got an official look at the phone) the Tensor chipset also allows the Pixel 6 to decode voice and process it on the device (rather than on Google servers), which allows for faster responses from Google Assistant and other vocal interface features.

Neither Google nor Brownlee have said much about the power of this chipset, but rumors around this chip are gaining momentum, and we’ve heard that it could be a 5nm one. However, it sounds like it won’t match the best Android chipsets for performance, with a source claiming it will basically slot between the top-end Snapdragon 888 and the older Snapdragon 865 in terms of power.

Another source has echoed these claims, saying that it rivals the Snapdragon 870 for power – a chipset that’s high-end but not top-end. They added that its GPU performs well under stress.

We’ve also heard that the Pixel 6 might have 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, with the Pixel 6 Pro upping the RAM to 12GB and offering 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage. Additionally, this source claims that the two phones will get at least five years of software updates, which is far more than other Android devices.

Beyond that, in Android 12 code we’ve seen two hints of possible Google Pixel 6 features. One of these is the existence of a one-handed mode, while the other is the possibility of an in-screen fingerprint scanner, something Google hasn’t used before in its smartphones.

A second Android 12 developer beta has turned up more evidence of an in-screen fingerprint scanner, so this is now looking more likely.

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Speaking of Android 12, the Pixel 6 range will of course run that, and we know already that this includes a whole new visual design, along with a real focus on privacy and security. That extends to the hardware too, as Google itself has said that the Pixel 6 is built with the most layers of hardware security in any phone.

And a leak also suggests that the Pixel 6 could get a redesigned version of Google Translate, which should be easier to operate with one hand.

Finally, we’ve heard the Pixel 6 could have UWB, or ultra-wideband technology. This is a short-range communications function that lets devices talk to each other if they’re nearby – it can be useful for location tracking, so maybe the Pixel 6 will have some new feature regarding this?

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Android 12 Beta 3 is available

The tech giant confirmed Android 12 at Google IO 2021 back in June, showcasing a revamped look and features that focus more on privacy and visuals.

We’ve already seen the public beta release show off new notifications, better screenshot support, one-handed mode and much more.

Android 12 is the 2021 update for Google’s Android operating system, building on 2020’s Android 11, which some phones still don’t have. But this is more than just an iterative update – Google describes it as the biggest design change in Android’s history, and it certainly shows.

Some users can download Android 12 beta 3 now, including anyone who owns a Pixel 3 or newer, plus owners of the Xiaomi Mi 11, OnePlus 9 and more. You’ll find a full list below, while for instructions head to our how to get the Android 12 beta on your phone guide.

As for the final version, expect the recently-announced Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to come with Android 12 later this year.

The new Pixel phones will most likely be one of the first to ship with the update. If you have another Android phone you’ll likely have to wait a bit longer, as each company needs to make sure the latest update works with their existing phones.

We’ve listed all the official Android 12 features that have been showcased at Google IO and in the subsequent betas, and we’ll update this article as soon as we discover more – and continue updating it as Android 12 rolls out to phones and the subsequent beta releases.

Android 12 release date

Android 12 was announced at Google IO 2021, and is out in beta for select devices now, including phones from Oppo, Nokia, OnePlus, Xiaomi, ZTE, Asus, TCL and iQOO – as well of course as plenty of Pixels. You can find the full list in the section below.

The final finished version of Android 12 will likely land in September or October based on past releases of the OS, though most likely only on a small number of handsets to begin with, such as the Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 4a, along with the upcoming Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which features a new design and improved cameras once again.

It will be up to device manufacturers to bring Android 12 to your phone, and that often takes months to do, so don’t be surprised if your specific handset isn’t able to update to Android 12 until 2022.

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Android 12 compatibility

Android 12 will likely roll out to the majority of phones that came out in the last year or two, though some may be waiting a long time for it. It’s guaranteed to hit every modern Pixel handset though, probably from the Pixel 3 onwards to the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, given that the Pixel 3 and 4a models support the beta.

Speaking of the beta, we can look at the list of compatible phones for that to get some clues as to which might be first in line for the finished Android 12. They are as follows:

  • Pixel 3 to Pixel 5 (including XL and A-series phones)
  • Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
  • Oppo Find X3 Pro
  • Nokia X20
  • OnePlus 9 / 9 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 11 / 11 Ultra
  • Xiaomi Mi 11i / 11X Pro
  • ZTE Axon 30 Ultra (only Chinese models)
  • TCL 20 Pro 5G
  • Asus Zenfone 8
  • Realme GT
  • Vivo iQOO 7 Legend
  • Sharp Aquos Sense 5G
  • Tecno Camon 17

We expect all of these would get the final Android 12 release, and likely quite quickly (with the Pixel phones getting it on day one). Major recent handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S21 range are sure to as well though, and even most lower end and less popular phones probably will, if they’re recent.

In terms of the beta though it’s worth noting that all of the phones listed above other than the Pixel phones are running a developer preview, which is really only intended for developers, and is likely to be a lot less stable than the public beta running on Pixel phones, so we’d think twice about downloading it. Even in the public beta though you can expect bugs.

Android 12: Refreshed UI

Google has announced a new Material Design language for Android 12, called Material You, which is a rethink of the whole UI across the operating system.

The current beta brings more rounded buttons, more varied colors, smoother motion and animations, and much more.

The company calls it color extraction, where you can pick a wallpaper and the system will automatically apply the dominant, complimentary and best looking colors from it to the rest of the UI, including the notification shade, the lock screen, and volume controls.

So everything is much more unified this time, something which Google was keen to highlight. Before, the color scheme and even the fonts would look mismatched, but here, everything has been redesigned to look as unified as possible in Android 12.

This customizable theme is also coming to Google’s web apps by the end of the year.

Widgets see a redesign too, looking much more rounded this time. Due to iOS 14 showcasing widgets last year, and now iOS 15 bringing widgets to the iPad, it only made sense for Android 12 to see a redesign in this area too, where its appearance will match the color extraction you’ve picked.

Android 12: Privacy and security

Google have made it a point this year of making sure that privacy is at the center of Android 12. The company repeated the point of privacy being at the forefront this year, and that includes Android 12.

The Android Private Compute Core is the engine behind Android 12’s privacy features, making sure that the apps and the phone are following the privacy settings enabled by you.

To start with, the new privacy dashboard gives you an overall view of apps using the phone’s location, camera, contacts, and much more.

However, a nice touch here is a simple overview in the form of a pie chart, of what has been accessed by the apps over the last 24 hours. 

The notification center also has a quick access to disable any features of the phone that an app is using. For example, if Facebook is using the microphone while you’re using another app, this part of notification center will show you explicitly that Facebook is using the microphone. Pressing this will disable the use of it to Facebook, and other apps if you wish.

Adding to this, Android 12 will also ask you for permission from an app to use a feature of the phone. You can select to allow it while running the app, only once, or not at all.

You can also opt to only provide an approximate location to some apps, such as weather apps which don’t need to know exactly where you are.

And with features like Live Caption, Now Playing and Smart Reply, all of the audio and language processing happens on your device, so the data isn’t sent elsewhere.

There’s also locked folders, available across apps, which allow you to lock a specific folder with a fingerprint.

And there’s the ability to unlock a Chromebook using your phone. Similar to the Apple Watch unlock feature for an Apple Mac, it will be a matter of having your Android 12 smartphone near to a Chromebook, and it will bring you to the home screen.

Finally, when using an app such as the camera, there will be a subtle UI hint that certain features of the camera are being used, similar to how it shows in Apple’s iOS 15.

Other features of Android 12

Google has confirmed a multitude of smaller features, one to highlight is app hibernation. If there’s an app that you don’t use often, you go to its settings in App info, and remove its permissions and space. However, you can restore it easily if you need to.

Beta 3 brings an interesting improvement when rotating the display. Face detection is now involved, where the front camera of your phone will detect when it’s time to go either portrait or landscape. Google tout that the latency has been reduced by 25% thanks to this.

When held down, the power button will now bring up Google Assistant, a much easier method of summoning the service for a query when needed.

A new built-in remote is also now standard in Android 12, so if you have a TV that runs on Android, or just a Chromecast, you can use your phone to browse through your favorite shows.

The media player that shows in your Quick Settings has also seen an improvement, where you can allow certain apps to use this. This can work well if you’re switching between Spotify and YouTube, and you just want to keep using Spotify.

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Alongside this, a new feature called Car Key enables you to unlock your compatible smart car with your phone. This will allow you to unlock, lock and even start the engine from your smartphone.

It uses UWB (ultra-wideband) technology, meaning that you can walk up to your car and it’ll unlock, without you even having to take your phone out. 

You’ll also be able to share digital access to your vehicle with others – allowing you to lend your car to a friend without giving them a physical key and allowing them access for a period of time.

In a slight nod to its competitor, Google is also touting better support for third-party app stores.

Google’s password manager is also being redeveloped, with a cross-platform integration across your Google apps and devices.

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And photo modes will support a new format – AVIF, which promises similar compression to JPEG but at better quality, as seen in the examples the Android team gave (above) in an online developer session. Note the difference in cloud detail.

Android 12 also promises to make your device faster and more responsive. Google claims that it reduces the CPU time needed for core system services by up to 22% and reduces the use of big cores by the system server by up to 15%, all of which should also mean improved battery life.

Quick tap arrived with the first beta release, mirroring an accessibility feature from the iPhones running iOS 14. By tapping the back of the phone, you can customize it to take a screenshot, control media, show notifications, or even open a specific app.

Downloading and playing games look to be more straightforward in Android 12, where you can start a new game before the download has even finished. This harkens back to the features that the PlayStation consoles bring, saving you having to wait for a few hours for a game to finish installing.

Google has also confirmed that it will be prepping Android 12 to be more accommodating of third party app stores and installers like the Amazon App Store, APKUpdater and Samsung Galaxy Apps, to name a few.

Currently, third party app stores require direct user permissions to manage and update apps on their platform, but it looks like this change will allow third party stores to directly manage and update apps.

The process might not necessarily be a cakewalk for third party app store developers, however. They will first need to opt in to allow the feature to be used, and a specific “update packages without user action” permission will also need to be held by the store. As such, some vetting may take place on Google’s behalf first.

OnePlus 9T release date, price, news and leaks

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Keep the focus on the cameras

The OnePlus 9T is likely to be one of the most important smartphones launched in late-2021. That’s partly because it’s an intriguing device, following on from the excellent OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, and partly because loads of the rivals we were expecting to launch at the same time might not actually arrive.

While OnePlus’ T series used to consist of phones with small tweaks from the standard flagship line, as of the OnePlus 8T, it became a way for the company to offer flagship specs at a slightly lower price. With the OnePlus 9 series costing a lot, the OnePlus 9T would be a popular handset.

So far we don’t really know anything about the OnePlus 9T, but there are a few things that we can predict, including the approximate release date.

You’ll find all that below, then further down we’ve included a list of the things that we most want from the OnePlus 9T (and the OnePlus 9T Pro if such a phone also launches).

OnePlus 9T release date and price

There’s no news on when the OnePlus 9T will launch yet, but we’d expect it in either September or October, since T models are always unveiled in those months in recent years.

The OnePlus 8T was announced on October 14, so it’s possible the OnePlus 9T will launch at a similar time, but OnePlus isn’t usually quite that consistent with its launches, so don’t be surprised if it’s up to a few weeks either side of that. 

Whenever it’s announced it will probably go on sale very soon afterwards, as OnePlus doesn’t tend to wait around for that. 

One leaker has said the OnePlus 9T won’t happen in 2021. Max Jambor, a strong source for OnePlus leaks, said that he doesn’t expect the handset to happen, so it may be we don’t see a new flagship phone from the company until the OnePlus 10.

As for the price, there’s no news there either, but the OnePlus 9 starts at $729 / £629 (around AU$940), so the OnePlus 9T might have a similar price.

We’re not sure whether there will be a OnePlus 9T Pro (since there wasn’t an 8T Pro but there was a OnePlus 7T Pro), but if there is then that might be similar in price to the OnePlus 9 Pro, which starts at $969 / £829 (roughly AU$1,250).

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The OnePlus 9 Pro (Image credit: TechRadar)

OnePlus 9T news and rumors

So far we don’t know anything certain about the OnePlus 9T, but it’s sure to be an upgrade on the OnePlus 9, while possibly still not being a match for the OnePlus 9 Pro – though if there’s a OnePlus 9T Pro, that will likely be the best of all these phones.

For now, this hub will cover both the OnePlus 9T and the possible OnePlus 9T Pro, though as noted above we’re not at all sure whether there will be a Pro model.

One leak from Weibo has suggested there won’t be a OnePlus 9T Pro in 2021, and it also gave us a hint at the screen technology we can expect in the coming phone. The leak below suggests it’ll be a 120Hz LTPO panel with a Full HD+ resolution.

If Qualcomm launches a Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset later this year then that will probably be used based on past form, otherwise we’d expect the Snapdragon 888 like the OnePlus 9 range.

Changes to some combination of the camera, screen, and battery are also likely, but exactly what remains to be seen – though in the case of the camera it’s likely to further benefit from OnePlus’s ongoing partnership with Hasselblad.

Finally, OnePlus has announced it will be further merging its business with smartphone manufacturer Oppo. That may mean we see some changes to the OnePlus formula, and it could include a switch to ColorOS software rather than OxygenOS.

This is all speculation for now, but it may be we hear more from OnePlus in the next few months. 

1. A longer telephoto range

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The OnePlus 9 doesn’t have a telephoto camera at all, and even the OnePlus 9 Pro tops out at 3.3x optical zoom, which isn’t terrible, but is a long way short of the 10x optical zoom offered on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, or even the 5x on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

So for the OnePlus 9T range we want any and all models to have a telephoto camera, and we’d love for it to offer at least 5x optical zoom.

2. A great macro camera

While we’re on the subject of cameras, we’d love to see a dedicated macro lens on the OnePlus 9T range.

In fairness, the ultra-wide snapper on the OnePlus 9 range can already do a reasonable job of macro shots, but with the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Oppo Find X3 Pro we’re starting to see genuinely good, dedicated macro lenses on phones, and we’d like to see OnePlus join that club.

The company’s partnership with Hasselblad suggests it’s serious about upping its camera game, so these wishes aren’t out of the question.

3. Better battery life

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One area where spending more doesn’t necessarily lead to improvements is battery life, and that’s definitely true of the OnePlus 9 range. While both phones should last a day, their life is fairly middling, so for the OnePlus 9T range we want to see improvements.

One change that should be easy to make is putting a bigger battery in the phone, since at 4,500mAh the one in the OnePlus 9 range isn’t huge, but one way or another we hope OnePlus works on the 9T’s longevity.

4. A microSD card slot

The OnePlus 9 range includes a decent amount of storage, with a choice of 128GB or 256GB, but with no microSD card slot that’s all you get.

This isn’t a premium feature – in fact as with headphone ports it’s more often premium phones that lack this than cheap ones, so we’d really like to see it make a return for the OnePlus 9T.

Or failing that we’d settle for even more storage being built in, but only if that doesn’t push the price up too much.

5. Water resistance on all models

In recent years OnePlus has started offering an IP68 rating on its Pro handsets, which is a level of waterproofing that’s in line with other high-end phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S21 range, but the standard models still lack this.

So for the OnePlus 9T we want this to be offered across the range, as it’s a reassuring feature to have.

Samsung Galaxy Note 21: why this year’s Samsung phablet is canceled

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The phone we will Note see

After months of leaks and speculation it’s official: the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 is canceled. That news comes direct from TM Roh, Samsung’s President and Head of Mobile Communications, so it doesn’t get much more official than that.

Roh doesn’t say exactly why the phone has been canceled, but there are a number of possible reasons, which we’ll dig into below. This also isn’t necessarily the end of the Galaxy Note range – there’s reason to think there will be a Samsung Galaxy Note 22 next year.

And ahead of that, there are other stylus-toting Samsung phones you can pick up. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has arrived with stylus support, and we’re expecting both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 to launch on August 11 with S Pen support too – taking the Galaxy Note 21’s place in the calendar.

So there are certainly alternatives, but for everything you need to know about why the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 was canceled, and what we might see from the Galaxy Note 22, read on.

Why the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 isn’t happening

There are a number of possible reasons for the cancelation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 21, but one is that Samsung simply had too many high-end phones planned for this year.

Earlier in 2021 (prior to the cancelation being confirmed), Samsung’s CEO had already heavily suggested the company wouldn’t be providing a new Galaxy Note phone in 2021. DJ Koh, Samsung’s CEO, said “It is not that we do not release new products. The timing may vary, but next year we are preparing to continue to do so.”

He continued: “Note series is positioned as a high-end model in our business portfolio. It could be a burden to unveil two flagship models in a year so it might be difficult to release Note model in 2H.”

That suggests we might see a new model in 2022 (likely to be called the Samsung Galaxy Note 22), but that with the Samsung Galaxy S21 range, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, all launching this year, Samsung didn’t feel there was space for a new Note as well.

The ongoing chipset shortage also seems to be a factor here, as there might not actually be enough components for Samsung to mass produce the Galaxy Note 21 as well as all these other phones. The company’s CEO suggested as much in the same comments, saying “The disparity between the supply of parts and demand in the information technology (IT) side is severe”.

Instead of the Galaxy Note 21, Evan Blass (a leaker with a good track record) has said that the Galaxy S21 FE is being positioned as a follow-up to the Galaxy Note 20.

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Leaks and rumors

Given that the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 isn’t happening, we’re now turning our attention to the Samsung Galaxy Note 22, which might well launch next year, but so far we don’t really know anything about it.

That said, the phone is sure to support – and come with – an S Pen stylus, since that’s the main selling point of the range.

There will also probably be multiple models, with a Samsung Galaxy Note Ultra or Plus likely joining the standard model.

The range is also likely to have top-end power, with US users probably getting the top Qualcomm chipset of the time, and most other regions probably getting the top Samsung Exynos chipset.

We’ve also been hearing Samsung is readying an under-display camera for its smartphones, and it could come in the next Galaxy Note. In Korea the company trademarked the marketing name ‘Under-Panel Camera’ or UPC, making it seem imminent.

It’s now expected that this camera will debut on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, but don’t be surprised if the next generation of it makes it to the Galaxy Note 22.

What we want to see

While we wait for more Samsung Galaxy Note 22 rumors to roll in, we’ve come up with a list of what we want to see.

1. Snapdragon for all models

Samsung typically packs different chipsets into its Note phones for different regions, with the US getting a Snapdragon one, while the UK and much of the rest of the world gets an Exynos one. The problem with this is that the two chipsets are never equal, so one version of the phone is usually better than the other.

In recent years it’s tended to be the Snapdragon one, so we’d like all models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 22 to use whatever the best Snapdragon chipset is at the time. But we’d even take them all using Exynos – mostly we just want them to be equal.

2. A glass back

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While the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a glass back, the standard Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is stuck with a plastic one, which is quite surprising given how much the phone costs.

So for the Samsung Galaxy Note 22 we want all models to have a glass back, or use some other premium material such as metal. Just no plastic please.

3. 120Hz on all models at all resolutions

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 only has a 60Hz refresh rate, which is low for a premium phone, and while the Note 20 Ultra ups it to 120Hz, it drops the screen resolution in the process, so you have to choose between a high refresh rate and a high resolution.

The more recent Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra doesn’t make you choose between resolution and refresh rate, so for the Samsung Galaxy Note 22 range we want all models to feature a 120Hz refresh rate, and for all of them to do it whatever other screen settings you have.

4. Camera improvements

Great as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is, its camera isn’t quite up there with the best in low-light situations, with the phone resorting to texture smoothing to compensate for noise. This results in less detailed images than recent phones from Apple and Google manage, so we want to see this improved for the Galaxy Note 22.

We also wouldn’t say no to more lenses – both Galaxy Note 20 models have a triple-lens rear camera, while the top-end standard is increasingly quad-lens.

5. Faster charging

Both the Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra have 25W fast charging, which isn’t bad but it pales in comparison to the 65W charging on the OnePlus 9 range, and Xiaomi is rumored to be bringing out a 200W phone in 2022.

It’s also oddly a lot slower than the 45W charging offered by the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, so we want at least a return to 45W with the Samsung Galaxy Note 22 range, and ideally more.

Want an Android phone with MagSafe? Realme might have what you need

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The Realme Flash is incoming

The iPhone 12 series debuted with MagSafe, Apple’s magnetic clip-on accessory solution for wireless chargers, accessories and more, and while the feature didn’t set the world on fire as much as some Apple fans expected, an Android phone might soon embrace something similar.

Realme recently teased an upcoming handset, the Realme Flash , via its Twitter, and shortly after that GSMArena posted lots of information about the phone that someone leaked to the site. 

Take it with a pinch of salt, as we don’t have much information about the source, but there are images and detailed information about the device. 

According to GSMArena – and something you already know about, having read the headline to this article – the Realme Flash will debut Realme’s MagDart tech. MagDart, apparently, is a magnetic charger which clips onto the back of the Flash, using wireless charging to easily power up the device.

GSMArena’s leak only details magnetic charging, but if the Realme Flash has magnets in the back of it, presumably clip-on cases, wallets and more are also feasible.

The leak adds that the Realme Flash will have a curved-edge screen with a ‘punch-hole’ cut-out for the front-facing camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage and will come running Android 11. There’s no news when this phone is coming, but with Realme literally teasing it, we likely won’t be waiting too long.

Apple put a bow on MagSafe, to make it seem like a truly premium feature, with accessories touting top-tier price tags. So is Realme also making a premium smartphone?

It’d be strange for Realme to put out a premium phone, since the relative newcomer is thriving so well in the mid-range market. 

In fact, it’s odd that Realme would opt to copy a feature from Apple at all – Samsung is usually first to pinch the big A’s features, with Xiaomi no slouch either – but Realme has thrived so far on making impressive budget powerhouses, and has shied away from the premium-phone race.

Could that change with the MagSafe – sorry, MagDart – laden Realme Flash? Well, probably not, no. That’s because, despite what Apple wants you to think, magnets just aren’t a premium feature. In fact, they’re not even new to phones.

A few other phones have used magnetic clip-on chargers before – certain gaming smartphones like the Black Shark 3 have offered the feature so you can power up the phone while you play – though Realme could be the first brand outside of that gaming niche.

So just because Realme has slapped a magnet onto the back of a decent-sounding smartphone that doesn’t mean it’s going to suddenly start competing with the Samsung Galaxy S21, Xiaomi Mi 11 or Vivo X60 Pro. No, it’s probably just trying to undercut the iPhone 12 by offering a cheaper alternative

Japanese researchers achieve 319Tbps fibre record

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Multi-core fibre could eventually improve global communications

Researchers in Japan have set a new fibre speed record of 319Tbps using experimental technology that could provide a significant speed and capacity boost to global communications networks.

Whereas conventional fibre cables use a single core to transmit data, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) achieved the record transmission using a four-core fibre cable.

The researchers tested the four-core fibre with C-band and L-band frequencies, but it was the S-band that yielded the best results.

5G speed record

S-band has previously been unable to facilitate long-distance transmission, but amplifiers “doped” with rare minerals allowed data to be sent round a loop that simulates a distance of 3,001 kilometres.

The lab tests provide a further theoretical maximum for fibre technologies and could provide a solution for long-distance backbone such as undersea cables.

However, the researchers consider the four-core fibre cable to have more immediate benefit – especially since they are the same size as a standard fibre cable. This means network operators can easily install them in place of existing infrastructure.

“The standard cladding diameter, 4-core optical fibre can be cabled with existing equipment, and it is hoped that such fibres can enable practical high data-rate transmission in the near-term, contributing to the realization of the backbone communications system, necessary for the spread of new communication services Beyond 5G,” said the researchers.

“The 4-core MCF [Multi-Core Fibre] with standard cladding diameter is attractive for early adoption of SDM [Space Division Multiplexing] fibres in high-throughput, long-distance links, since it is compatible with conventional cable infrastructure and expected to have mechanical reliability comparable to single-mode fibres.

“Beyond 5G, an explosive increase from new data services is expected and it is therefore crucial to demonstrate how new fibres can meet this demand. Hence, it is hoped that this result will help the realization of new communication systems that can support new bandwidth hungry services.”

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S21 Plus vs Galaxy S21: which is for you?

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Three flagships to choose from

The Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra are all among the very best phones of 2021, so if you’re after a top handset then you shouldn’t go wrong with any of them.

That’s true even as we head into the tail end of 2021, with newer rivals like the OnePlus 9 Pro and the Oppo Find X3 Pro providing some competition, but failing to topple the Galaxy S21 Ultra from the top of our smartphone chart.

Of course, even if you’ve settled on one of the Galaxy S21 range, deciding which can be tricky, as they have many similarities and just as many differences. With that in mind, we’ve taken a closer look at all three Samsung Galaxy S21 models, so you can see how they compare.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S21 Plus vs Galaxy S21 price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S21 officially starts at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus starts at $999 / £949 / AU$1,549, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849. 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S21 Plus vs Galaxy S21: which is for you?

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Samsung Galaxy S21 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (left), Samsung Galaxy S21 and Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus (Image credit: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra are all among the very best phones of 2021, so if you’re after a top handset then you shouldn’t go wrong with any of them.

That’s true even as we head into the tail end of 2021, with newer rivals like the OnePlus 9 Pro and the Oppo Find X3 Pro providing some competition, but failing to topple the Galaxy S21 Ultra from the top of our smartphone chart.

Of course, even if you’ve settled on one of the Galaxy S21 range, deciding which can be tricky, as they have many similarities and just as many differences. With that in mind, we’ve taken a closer look at all three Samsung Galaxy S21 models, so you can see how they compare.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Galaxy S21 Plus vs Galaxy S21 price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S21 officially starts at $799 / £769 / AU$1,249, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus starts at $999 / £949 / AU$1,549, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at $1,199 / £1,149 / AU$1,849. 

In all cases that’s for 128GB of storage, with prices rising if you want more. So for each step up in model the starting price rises by around $200 / £200 / AU$300.

You can now (as of July 2021) find the phones for cheaper in many stores, but they’re all still very expensive, and the difference in price between the three remains broadly the same.

In terms of availability, all three models are available now in the US, the UK, Australia, and more other regions.

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All three Samsung Galaxy S21 models have an all-screen front with a single-lens punch-hole camera in the top center of the screen, so front-on they look similar, though the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a curved display, while the other two are flat.

Flip them over and the similarities continue, at least at first glance. The three phones have what looks like a glass back, but while the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21 Plus actually use glass, the standard Galaxy S21 uses ‘glasstic’, meaning plastic that’s designed to look like glass.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also has a much bigger camera block than the other two, though all three have it positioned in the top left corner.

As for dimensions and weight, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9mm and 228g, the Galaxy S21 Plus is 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8mm and 202g, and the standard Samsung Galaxy S21 is 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm and 172g.

The upshot of all this being that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus basically just looks like a bigger version of the Galaxy S21, albeit one with a slightly more premium build. On the other hand, thanks to its curved screen and larger camera block the Galaxy S21 Ultra looks and feels substantially different, as well as being the largest of the three.

The three models also come in different colors, with the Galaxy S21 Ultra being available in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver, the S21 Plus in Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and Phantom Violet, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 being sold in Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Pink – though note that available shades might vary by region.

So the cheaper the phone the more color options you get, though there are a few additional shades available for the pricier models if you buy them direct from Samsung.

One aspect that is the same on all three models is the dust and water resistance, as they all have IP68 certification.


If you want the biggest screen possible then you’ll want the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, as this has a 6.8-inch curved 1440 x 3200 (WQHD+) screen, while the other two models are both smaller and lower resolution – the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus has a 6.7-inch flat screen, while the Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 6.2-inch flat display, and both have a 1080 x 2400 (Full HD+) resolution.

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As with the design, the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus are very similar to each other. In fact, they’re identical, with both phones sporting a triple-lens setup consisting of a 12MP f/1.8 main camera, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, and a 64MP f/2.0 telephoto.

That telephoto snapper is capable of 3x optical zoom, and both it and the main lens have optical image stabilization (OIS).

The setup on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is quite different though, as this has a quad-lens camera with a 108MP f/1.8 main snapper, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one, and a pair of 10MP telephoto cameras, one of which is f/2.4 and allows for 3x optical zoom, and the other of which is f/4.9 and extends the optical zoom distance to 10x. The main camera and both telephoto ones also have OIS here.

Battery life

You can probably somewhat guess what the battery situation is here, with capacities getting larger as you move up in smartphone size and price.

Specifically, the Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 4,000mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus has a 4,800mAh one, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 5,000mAh battery.

So there’s a big jump in size from the S21 to the S21 Plus, but that reflects the big jump in screen size, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra only has a slightly larger screen (and also therefore battery) than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus.

Specs and features

All three Samsung Galaxy S21 models have the same chipset, but exactly what chipset you’ll get depends on what country you’re in. US models use the Snapdragon 888, while the UK and most other regions use the Exynos 2100, but both of those are very powerful.

In our reviews all three phones performed as well as you’d expect, ranking among the very beefiest of handsets.

The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Plus also both have 8GB of RAM, coupled with 128GB or 256GB of storage, but the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra ups both types of memory, with 12GB or 16GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage (the last of those sizes being the only one that comes with 16GB of RAM). None of the phones have a microSD card slot.


All three phones support 5G and run Android 11, with the main difference in features (beyond what’s covered above) being that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra supports Samsung’s S Pen stylus, letting you use the phone like a Galaxy Note.

However, unlike with the Note range you have to buy the S Pen separately here, and there’s no slot for it in the phone (though there is in some covers).