The official news today, of course, starts with deals. Starting with OnePlus trying to sweeten the pot on last year’s phones but not as effective. B&H is offering the OnePlus 8T for $ 150 and priced at $ 600. Now if we talk about Apple, Amazon currently has the Apple Watch Series 6 for $ 50 off, with the 44mm variant staying at 479. Yes, Samsung’s deals are still running, which means you can get the S21 for $ 100 $ 300, the S21 + for $ 300 or the Ultra for $ 500 if you have a trade-in device. However, they are bringing back the Galaxy Z Fold 2 deal where you can get this back at half the price and leave it at 1000, but again you will need a device to trade in. Finally, the DELL XPS 13 is still available for $ 500 on Amazon, leaving the Intel Core i7, 32GB of RAM, and the 2TB model for $ 2,000. We have more deals on other Samsung products, AirPods and more under the links in the description.
Sticking with the official news, we put Sony in the spotlight when the company finally released the Xperia 1 III. And I can only say that this is the first time in years that I am happy for an Xperia. To get the specs out of the way, it’s powered by the Snapdragon 888 5G, 12GB of RAM, and 128GB of expandable storage, and yes, it actually comes with a headphone jack. When it comes to design, you get a 6.5-inch 4K 120Hz OLED display, which sounds great, and you get a frosted glass back. For the cameras you get 3 12MP sensors, with the third being a periscopic telephoto lens that can support 2 separate focal lengths. For more details, this phone offers a 4500 mAh battery with 30 W fast charge. It only supports Sub-6 5G instead of both variants. Sony also has some nice audio features for the speakers and headphone jack. By the way, this Xperia Pro feature that allows you to use it as a monitor for your Sony camera is available through a USB-C dongle. The phone will be available in early summer 2021, however, and it will cost around $ 1,300, according to a Russian store that put it down for pre-orders. Yes. Let’s put Samsung in the spotlight with a mix of official news and leaks. The company sent out press invitations to an event on April 28th claiming we are going to get their most powerful galaxy. If you remember the leaks Evan Blass treated about a month ago, they probably aren’t phones. We assume that Samsung’s next flagships will be the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 2, which will hit the market as early as July this year. One of the biggest improvements is the Z Fold with the S Pen. According to a South Korean outlet, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will have S Pen support, but it will take the same approach as the S21 Ultra without the bult-in slot for the pen. And I know you’re probably saying the Z-Fold has this much room, but that was supposedly the plan, but Sammy apparently faced some structural challenges and that built-in slot is no longer viable for them. Some rumors for the Z Fold 3 are that it will feature an LTPO display with a camera under the display, a 4380 mAh battery, and at least 256 GB of storage. Along with the fact, of course, that they’ll be tweaking the S Pen to make it work on the UTG. We’ll see how Samsung plans to launch this as it’s a pretty big device already. But all right, let’s switch to Apple for the rest of the show because things get weird. Earlier this week, some CAD renders from MySmartPrice showed a different design for the iPhone 13 where we had a smaller notch and a different camera array. Well, we have some renders of an iPhone 13 Mini rocking this design, and according to some reports, this could be the last Mini we’ll get. However, these renderings help us see what this new design might actually look like if it actually happened. On the front is the smaller notch that leaked into the scoreboards a few weeks ago. On the back, these renderings show that the dual cameras are now not positioned vertically, but diagonally in the oven. For these cameras, we should most likely expect the typical 12MP sensors, more for those in the next segment, and the A15 Bionic that powers the show. The rest of the design language stays the same with the flat sides and thin bezels. We’ll see if other leaks include this design as it actually doesn’t look that bad after all. For the hottest news today, let’s talk about the 2022 iPhones and Ming Chi Kuo. According to a new report from him, the 2022 iPhones will bring some major camera upgrades, the biggest being a switch to a 48-megapixel camera sensor. In the end! The report mentions that in terms of pixel size, the iPhone 14 or whatever the name is, supports both 48-megapixel direct output and 12-megapixel output (with pixel binning) at the same time. Kuo claims it is unclear whether Sony or Samsung will make these sensors, but the pros should bring this 48-megapixel camera. Another new feature for these professionals is 8K video recording, but Apple apparently doesn’t want it just because of the boastful rights. Apparently, these 8K videos are better suited to AR and VR devices as we know Apple is working hard on them. Other rumors for these 2022 iPhones include a hole-hole design for at least some of the models, a chip based on a 4nm process, and a periscopic telephoto lens. So yes, Apple has lagged behind when it comes to pixel counting, but you have to admit that most companies don’t really understand pixel binning. So let’s see what Cupertino brings to the table.
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