Xiaomi 12 Ultra specs leak: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 6.7″ LTPO AMOLED display, 67W wired charging
The upcoming Xiaomi 12 Ultra will be a flagship showcase of what Xiaomi and Leica can build together. However, the phone is expected in July, just a couple of months after the partnership was announced – how much can we expect from the camera?
Rumors claim that the 12 Ultra will use mostly the same camera hardware as the Mi 11 Ultra. This means a 50MP main camera (with OIS, possibly with a new sensor), 48MP 5x telephoto module and a 48MP ultra wide camera. Leakster Yogesh Brar confirms that with a list of expected specs for the new Ultra.
There will be one extra component here, a 3D ToF sensor. The selfie camera should be the same 20MP module as on last year’s Ultra. The display panel seems to be taken from the Xiaomi 12 Pro instead of the Mi 11 Ultra – a 6.7” LTPO AMOLED panel with QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate (the old Ultra had a 6.81” non-LTPO panel).
Two new mystery Garmin watches are on the way to take on the Apple Watch
Garmin is actively working on two new smartwatches, according to a couple of recently published official documents. There’s no word on what the new devices are yet, but the documents published on June 10 by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) detail a pair of new “smartwatch” devices.
First spotted by our sibling site Advnture, the news comes hot on the heels of Garmin’s high-profile Forerunner 955 and Forerunner 255 launch.
Any device capable of wireless communication must be registered with the FCC, and pass its quality control tests, before being sold in the US. This means the FCC has a list of every new communication device scheduled to land on US shelves in the near future, although it doesn’t publish dates, images or specific details about those devices.
However, we can look closely at the documents and make some educated guesses. Some of the smaller details on the applications, such as extremely similar serial numbers (04390 and A4390), could suggest these watches are part of the same line of devices, just like the new Forerunner models, and will launch simultaneously.
Xiaomi 12S appears on Geekbench
The rumored Xiaomi 12S which was previously spotted with Leica branding in a hands-on image as well as in a 3C certification has now made its way to Geekbench. It boasts the same 2206123SC model number as the 3C listing. Geekebench reveals the phone is packing the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset alongside 12GB RAM. The software side is covered by Android 12, presumably with MIUI 13 on top.
Upcoming vivo X-series phone spotted in certifications
A yet to be released vivo X-series phone appeared on China’s TENAA and 3C agencies. The vivo V2219A is revealed to pack a 6.67-inch AMOLED with FHD+ resolution, a 50MP main cam and a 2MP secondary module on the back as well as an 8MP selfie cam.The phone brings an unspecified 5G chipset with a base CPU clock speed of 2.2GHz.
The software side is covered by Android 12, presumably with OriginOS Ocean UI on top and comes in 6/128GB, 8/256GB and 12/512GB trims. The listing has a 2,190 mAh battery which is likely a dual cell configuration meaning the total capacity should be around 4,400 mAh. The 3C listing reveals the phone supports up to 80W charging.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 reaches over 418,000 folds in marathon test
Samsung says the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is rated for up to 200,000 folds, which is equivalent to five years of use if you fold and unfold the device 100 times a day.
However, Polish YouTuber Mrkeybrd live-streamed a folding test from June 8-13 (h/t: Maeil Business News), putting the Galaxy Z Flip 3 through its paces. The test also saw the YouTuber cover the foldable in dirt and sand and dip it in water. So what was the result?
It turns out that the Samsung device reached just over 418,500 folds and unfolds before refusing to stay closed or fully open. The YouTuber also dropped the phone over a dozen times at the end of the folding test. You can check out the ending below.
From Android Central
Here’s an unboxing video of the unreleased Pixel 6a
I just checked the calendar, and it is nowhere near the end of July. No matter, because YouTuber Fazli Halim already has a full 11-minute Google Pixel 6a unboxing video up. We have mirrored the video above.
It’s unclear how Halim obtained what appears to be a retail version of the Pixel 6a. However, he runs through the usual unboxing steps, shows the phone’s software and features, and generally does the traditional tech YouTuber thing.
Unfortunately, the YouTuber speaks in Malay, and Google’s auto-translating features don’t do too well with the video’s audio. As such, this will probably be a video-only affair for most of our readers. Regardless, you can still see the phone in action.
From Android Central
The FDA just approved an Apple Watch app to track Parkinson’s disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to an Apple Watch app to monitor Parkinson’s disease, developed by San Francisco-based startup Rune Labs. As reported by Reuters, the Apple Watch’s pre-existing sensors can already detect falls, tremors, and other movement disorders consistent with symptoms of Parkinson’s. But Rune Labs has taken things a step further with its app, gathering individual data on the symptoms patients experience so that it can be shared with doctors to determine the best course of treatment.
Brian Pepin, CEO of Rune Labs, said that the data Apple Watch gathers through its Parkinson’s monitoring app will be combined with data from other sources, like brain implants. He also added that the app uses Rune Labs’ StrivePD software to send doctors continuous streams of data to give more context to movement patterns. This provides more data than doctors would get from observing a patient coming in for a short clinical visit, as symptoms of Parkinson’s disease change over time.
From Digital Trends
Electric vehicle battery capable of 98% charge in less than ten minutes
Enovix, based in Fremont, California, announced that it demonstrated in electric vehicle (EV) battery cells the ability to charge from 0% to 80% state-of-charge in as little as 5.2 minutes and to achieve a greater than 98% charge capacity in under 10 minutes. The cells also surpassed 1,000 cycles while retaining 93% of their capacity.
The achievement shattered the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) goal of achieving 80% charge in 15 minutes.
Other goals for USABC at the cell level include a usable energy density of 550 Wh/L, a survival temperature range of -40 to +66 degrees C, and a cost of $75/kWh at an annual output volume of 250,000 units. A full set of USABC targets can be found here.
From PV Magazine
Elon Musk to answer Twitter employee questions at company meeting on Thursday
Elon Musk will attend a virtual all-hands meeting with Twitter employees this Thursday, during which he’ll field questions from the company he’s in the process of buying. His attendance was announced in an email from Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal on Monday seen by Business Insider. Employees will be able to submit questions in advance of the meeting. It will be the first time Musk has addressed Twitter’s nervous employees directly since announcing plans for the $44 billion takeover.
The meeting has the chance to be fractious. In Twitter’s internal Slack channels, the Tesla CEO’s attempt to buy the company has reportedly been met with a negative response, and employees are concerned about the effect a privately-owned Twitter could have on their culture and compensation (many of them receive a proportion of their compensation in stock). Musk has also been critical of the company’s past decisions, leading his follows to unleash a wave of abuse on a prominent employee.
Even Musk’s enthusiasm for the deal appears to have waned since he first announced plans to acquire Twitter in mid-April. He repeatedly threatened to postpone or scrap the deal after claiming that Twitter had refused to provide him with more data on the number of spam bots on the platform, only for Twitter to oblige earlier this month. If work on the deal continues, it’s expected to take around six months to close.
From The Verge
Germany’s antitrust watchdog latest to probe Apple’s app privacy framework
A major privacy feature Apple launched last year, called App Tracking Transparency (ATT) — which requires third party apps to request permission from iOS users to track their digital activity for ad targeting — is facing another antitrust probe in Europe: Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has just announced it’s investigating the framework over concerns that Apple could be breaching competition rules by self-preferencing or creating unfair barriers for other companies.
Last year, France’s antitrust regulator declined to pre-emptively block Apple from implementing ATT — but said it would be watching how Apple operates the feature. Poland also opened probe of the feature at the end of last year.
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also set out concerns about Apple’s implementation of ATT in a deep dive mobile market study published last week. However the UK watchdog has so far deferred intervention over the feature — prioritizing other areas of Apple’s business to investigate (such as App Store rules) as it continues to wait for the government to enact a major competition reform targeting tech giants’ market power which was confirmed as incoming in November 2020 but is still pending legislation (that’s not now expected until next year at the earliest).