For this week's latest insight, we'll start with reports that Google and LG are refusing to use the Snapdragon 865 chipset in their premium devices. At the end of the review, we will tell you about the nuances of the technical equipment of two smartphones from OnePlus and Sony.
Why Google and LG are reluctant to install Qualcomm's flagship chip
Qualcomm has invested a lot of effort in developing the Snapdragon 865 processor, which took them almost three years.
However, not all partners of this manufacturer appreciated the results of his work. They are probably not satisfied with the established rates. This is probably the reason why Google and LG refused to use Snapdragon 865 in their expensive smartphones.
This is evidenced by rumors that were recently spread by Ars Technica. According to him, Qualcomm requires buyers of these chipsets to purchase an additional Snapdragon X55 5G modem from the company.
This means additional costs for the partners of the American manufacturer. After all, the installation of a modem requires changes in the design, you need to find a place for it, add or otherwise think over the supply of power and cooling systems.
This all adds to the complexity and is one of the reasons the Samsung Galaxy S20 is priced at over $ 1000, even though the Korean company's lowest-priced flagship cost $ 750 last year.
Insiders argue that this is why Google and LG chose the Snapdragon 765G. The reason for this step is not only cost. This is the first Qualcomm chip to feature a built-in 5G modem. This saves a lot of trouble for mobile developers.
At the same time, its modem is not as fast as the one installed in the 865 version, but it is still faster than any 4G LTE and is capable of working in fifth generation networks. Therefore, this option is acceptable for many smartphone companies.
The main disadvantage of the Snapdragon 765G is the lower performance compared to the flagship. Google and LG engineers will have to come up with something to make their future devices interesting for buyers. For example, equip with additional functionality.
Insiders claim that Apple will not hold iPhone 12 presentation
COVID-19 has already made significant adjustments to the work of many enterprises. Among others, manufacturers of electronic products were affected. It is not surprising that their list has been replenished by Apple, which for the first time in many years expresses its intentions to abandon the mass release of its first 5G gadget.
Nikkei reported that the production lines of Yabloko were interrupted. This may lead to the postponement of the traditional September release of the company's products for an indefinite period.
There is another scenario: the vendor will present its new products in September, but their mass release will begin much later than planned. At first, the devices will be released in limited edition, and after the final restoration of production, their mass production will begin.
Insiders believe that this will only be possible at the beginning of next year.
Also, Americans are afraid of a decrease in purchasing power after the pandemic. Another reason is the termination of cooperation with enterprises that developed prototypes of components for new Apple products.
It is expected that only in May a decision will be made on the date of the presentation of the iPhone 12. It can be postponed even to 2021.
An insider posted images of the unannounced OnePlus 8 Pro online
Recently, insiders have posted data on the technical equipment of the OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone. Experts have not yet had time to "digest" them, but several images of the device have already appeared, which allow it to be examined well.
The picture shows the device in turquoise colors. This is a new style for the company. The display takes up most of the front panel of the device. In accordance with the latest trends, there are almost no frames here. A small cutout for the front camera was placed in the upper left corner.
It is worth noting that the model has a proprietary silent mode switch and a USB Type-C connector.
The main camera of the device is located in the center of the rear panel. In addition to four lenses with a resolution of 48 + 48 + 8 + 5 megapixels (the main sensor is Sony IMX689), there is a laser sensor. It allows the equipment to perform fast autofocusing.
It is assumed that the novelty will be shown on April 15 during one of the OnePlus events.
Sony Xperia 1 II will get an advanced camera
A month ago, Sony showed the flagship smartphone Xperia 1 II, which received an advanced camera. Nothing was reported about its features.
Recently, there was information about the photo capabilities of the device. All lenses of the main camera are manufactured by Zeiss. She has three 12-megapixel sensors, the main one - Sony IMX557 has not been used anywhere else. In terms of capabilities, it is similar to the IMX555 found in the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 +. There is also an IMX363 ultra wide-angle lens and a Samsung ISOCELL S5K3T2 telephoto camera.
The front camera has received an 8 megapixel Samsung S5K4H7 sensor.
Such equipment will allow the Xperia 1 II to be used for any kind of shooting. It will go on sale in April.
The Topic of Article: Inside # 12.03: No Snapdragon 865; there will be no iPhone 12 presentation; OnePlus 8 Pro; Sony Xperia 1 II.