Google Pixel 6 has been trending since the news of Google’s own chip powering the device came out. The upcoming Google Pixel 6 launch will happen in October 2021. Pixel 6 price will be in line with the predecessor, expected to start at $699 (around Rs 51,500). Pixel 6 will run on Google’s Whitechapel custom chipset, an XDA report reaffirms. Pixel 6 has already been leaked a few times to come with an in-house Google chip. The upcoming Google flagship will be running on the in-house Google-made chipset codenamed, Whitechapel.
Speculated Realme 8 Pro 5G Geekbench listing confirms 8GB of RAM and Android 11 operating system on Realme UI 2.0 skin.
Asus ZenFone 8 series has been officially confirmed, it will launch on May 12. Asus may unveil three devices powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. The new addition to the series, a toned-down ZenFone 8 Mini will also launch, a trend as OnePlus 9R or iPhone 12 mini. The series has been leaked on a number of occasions, and Asus ZenFone 8 Mini will launch alongside ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Pro. The specifications have been spotted on Geekbench.
Here’s the top trending smartphones from the week.
Google Pixel 6
Pixel 6 URL leak for Whitechapel refers to Google’s own chipset. The Google Whitechapel chip is being manufactured in association with Samsung’s system large-scale integration (SLSI) division. Exynos chips use the same SLSI technology, ao expect similarities. The first Google chip will probably pack an octa-core ARM CPU with two Cortex-A78, two Cortex-A76 and four Cortex-A55 cores alongside ARM Mali GPU based on Samsung’s 5nm manufacturing process. Google Whitechapel is going to be an upper mid-range chip compared with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 700 series SoCs.
In terms of optics, Google 6 may support 4K video recording on the front camera this time. It will retain the telephoto lens or may have an ultra-wide lens. Pixel 6 is said to come with the same ‘bio-resin plastic’ design as Pixel 5 with wireless charging support. The upcoming Google smartphone is rumoured to have ultra-wideband technology (UWB) which enable short-range communications with nearby devices for calls, texts and location tracking.
Asus ZenFone 8 Mini
Asus ZenFone 8 Mini will launch on May 12 alongside ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Pro. The Mini specs have already been spotted on Geekbench. The upcoming Asus flagship will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. It will feature a 5.9-inch Full HD+ display offering 120Hz refresh rate without any notch or bezels. The device will follow the same design with the camera, a revolving 64-megapixel camera setup.
Both the ZenFone 8 and ZenFone 8 Pro will also be powered by Snapdragon 888 SoC, with larger screens, maybe a few more features and batteries. Though, the rest of the hardware is expected to remain on all three smartphones.
Realme 8 Pro 5G
Unnamed Realme phone with Snapdragon 750G has been spotted, expected to be Realme 8 Pro 5G. The company will launch Realme 8 5G smartphone in the country later this week, but as per the incoming reports, the company may also unveil the 5G model of the Pro version as well. The TENAA certification with model number RMX3161 confirms the existence. The RMX3161 model has also been spotted on Geekbench platform. The key specifications have been leaked out along with the processor and RAM information.
Realme RMX3161 model will be run on Qualcomm’s mid-range 5G chip, the Snapdragon 750G processor. It is listed to run at a base frequency of 1.80GHz and will pack in eight cores. The source code revealed the chip will pair with Adreno 619 GPU. The expected Realme 8 Pro 5G scored 657 in single-core test and 1940 in multi-core test.
Google Pixel 5a 5G
Google Pixel 5a is making news again. An image has been leaked in a blogpost, not the image of the device, but a picture taken by the Google smartphone. Google is said to have accidentally shared a photo taken with the device way back in October last year. It’s probably from an early software build and older Google Camera release, and the Pixel 5a photo has a screen resolution of 4032 × 3024 pixels. It’s supposed to pack in the same 12.2MP sensor with upgraded software with an aperture of f/2.2, 16mm focal length, hinting at an ultra wide-angle camera.
Pixel 5a specs will remain in the budget category as the current Pixel 4a. After failing for years, Google finally got it right with the Pixel 4 series, and it ended up as a big hit across categories. The company will follow the same route as the previous generation, and Pixel 5a will directly go against the stalwarts in the entry premium category.
Poco M3 Pro 5G / Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro India launch could happen in May as the upcoming Poco smartphone have received BIS certification, and now has bagged Indonesia Telecom certification with the model number M2103K19PG, hinting at an imminent launch. Redmi Note 10 5G launch globally could happen soon including India. In the country it could come as Poco M3 Pro 5G, the first 5G phone from the brand. Xiaomi didn’t unveil the 5G model of Redmi Note 10 in the country unlike China, but could be bringing the device soon, probably by May. Poco M3 Pro 5G launch in India could happen soon as the handset with the model number M2103K19PG has been spotted on both BIS and FCC certification, and BIS listing does suggest an imminent India launch.
Rebranded Poco M3 Pro 5G will come with the same design, 6.5-inch 90Hz IPS display, 5,000 mAh battery and 48MP main camera. The only difference remains with the charging speed on the listing, it’s 22.5W instead of 18W. So, the global Redmi Note 10 5G could vary in terms of a few features compared to the Chinese variant. The phone will ship with MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC paired with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage and is further expandable via an external memory card.
Redmi 10 Series: Redmi 10, Redmi 10A, Redmi 10 Pro
Redmi 10 series will soon be launching in the country, all set to succeed Redmi 9 series from last year. Xiaomi unveiled 5 phones under the Redmi 9 series in 2020, which included Redmi 9, Redmi 9A, Redmi 9i and Redmi 9 Prime. So, Redmi 10 series is expected to include four to five phones as well. Redmi 10 series will be heavily inspired by the Redmi Note 10 line with a set of budget specs. Redmi 10-series phones will ship with Android 11-based MIUI and Full HD+ display.
As per the reports, the EVOL design language launched with Redmi Note 10 series could also be used on the upcoming Redmi 10 series lineup. Redmi 10 price in India is expected to start at around Rs 10,000 for the whole series.
Redmi Note 10S
Redmi Note 10S India launch will happen on May 13. Redmi Note 10S will come with a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a punch-hole in the top-center portion. Redmi Note 10S comes with DCI-P3 color gamut offering upto 700 nits of maximum brightness. Redmi Note 10 will be powered by MediaTek Helio G95 SoC built on a 12nm fabrication process. The Redmi Note 10S is IP53 water and dust resistant and sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The device design is similar to the vanilla Redmi Note 10 model.
As per the leaks, Redmi Note 10S will be available in India in three storage models: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and a top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Redmi Note 10S will run Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 skin. In terms of optics, Redmi Note 10S will feature a quad-camera setup at the back with a 64MP primary camera, 8MP ultrawide camera, 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor.
Poco Gaming Phone
Poco F3 India launch will happen finally, but not as the rebranded Redmi K40 models, but the latest Gaming phone by Redmi, the Redmi K40 Game Enhanced Edition. Xiaomi already launched Mi 11X series in the country, both are rebranded Redmi K40 and Redmi K40 Pro+, so the Poco F3 India launch will take place in the form of Poco F3 GT, a rebranded Redmi K40 Game Enhanced Edition. Tipster Kacper Skrzypek (@kacskrz) on Twitter posted the code for the MIUI 12 which revealed model number M2104K0I will come to the country as Poco F3 GT. Poco F3 GT will feature a 6.67-inch AMOLED display offering a 120Hz refresh rate, powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC, 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
In terms of optics, Poco F3 GT will have a triple-camera setup at the back powered by a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. Upfront, the device will feature a 16MP unit. Poco F3 GT will be backed by a 5,056mAh battery, 67W charging speed and 5G connectivity. Poco F3 GT price in India may start at around Rs 30,000 or somewhere close to it.
Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G launch has been delayed in India, but will happen soon in May only. The Realme Dimensity 1200 powered phone will be a rebranded Chinese Realme GT Neo, said to come as the Realme X7 Max 5G in the country. Recent reports say the Indian variant will be available in two models: 8 GB RAM with 128 GB storage and 12 GB RAM with 256 GB storage. The device is said come in three color options: Mercury Silver, Asteroid Black, and Milky Way. Realme X7 Max 5G will pack in a 6.43-inch S-AMOLED Full HD+ display.
It will be offering 120Hz refresh rate, Dimensity 1200 chip, LPDDR4x RAM, UFS 3.1 storage and backed by a 4,500mAh battery. Coming to optics, Realme X7 Max 5G is said to feature a 16-megapixel front camera. At the back, the upcoming Realme phone will don a 64-megapixel primary sensor inside a triple camera system with a 8-megapixel ultrawide sensor and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. The Realme phone is expected to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm audio jack, Realme UI 2.0 based Android 11 OS and 50W fast charging support.
OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2 launch is on cards, may happen by June. Some major OnePlus Nord 2 details are out, and for the first time, a OnePlus smartphone will be powered by a MediaTek chipset. OnePlus Nord 2 launch will happen in Q2 2021 and it will be powered by MediaTek’s top flagship, the Dimensity 1200 5G chipset. It’s the first time a OnePlus phone will come without a Qualcomm chipset. OnePlus Nord continues to be a best-seller in it’s category. The upcoming OnePlus phone will run on MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset.
It will pair with upto 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, improved cameras, display and battery. OnePlus Nord 2 will probably feature a 64MP main camera inside a quad camera system. The Dimensity 1200 chipset is built on a 6nm node and features Cortex A78 and A55 cores. OnePlus Nord 2 will have a faster Fluid AMOLED display with a refresh of 120Hz instead of the 90Hz on the original Nord.