Chinese display maker Visionox has just showcased a new smartphone display with an under-display camera (UDC). The new InV see Pro display touts improved pixel arrangement around the camera sensor for better clarity. It also promises less fogging on the camera underneath the display, allowing for clearer pictures.
The post on Weibo also shows a prototype smartphone featuring the same Visionox InV see Pro display. Previous reports suggest the second-gen Visionox UDC panel could debut on a ZTE phone. So the prototype seen in this post could be that phone. ZTE is expected to launch its second smartphone with an under-display camera later this year. Unfortunately, the Weibo post doesn’t reveal any other information about either the upcoming ZTE phone or the new Visionox panel (via).
Visionox showcases its second-gen under-display camera tech
In September last year, ZTE launched the world’s first smartphone with an under-display camera, the ZTE Axon 20 5G. The device featured Visionox’s first-gen UDC tech. Soon after the new phone went on sale globally, the Chinese company started teasing its second-gen phone with an under-display camera. It gave us a sneak peek at a concept phone featuring the upgraded UDC tech earlier in February. Now we have our first real look at the new panel.
Previous reports suggest that the new display will feature a higher pixel density on the area above the camera. In fact, the pixel density has been reportedly doubled from 200ppi to 400ppi. ZTE is also said to be considering increasing the display refresh rate from 90Hz to 120Hz. This suggests the new phone will be a more premium offering than the Axon 20 5G.The original model didn’t really impress the public, so the company would be wary of where it needs to improve. There was a very obvious visual difference in the display around the camera from the rest of the screen. This was probably due to a lower pixel density in that area. So the upgraded Visionox InV see Pro display, which reportedly has twice the pixel density as the first-gen panel, should fix that problem. The front-facing camera also offered rather disappointing results. Hopefully, Visionox and ZTE have addressed this issue as well.
It’s unclear when ZTE plans to launch its second-gen smartphone with an under-display camera. Previous reports suggest a launch sometime in the third quarter of the year. In that case, we should soon start hearing more about the upcoming device. We will keep you updated as and when more information emerges.
The very first OnePlus Nord CE 5G update has arrived. This update is marked as OxygenOS 184.108.40.206, and it brings both display and camera improvements to the table.
First OnePlus Nord CE 5G update focus on camera and display improvements
Do note that the changelog for the update is quite short, though. There are only four entries included here. Let’s talk about the camera first, shall we. The update improves the portrait photography of the selfie camera, it is said.
This update also improves the accuracy of screen color on the OnePlus Nord CE 5G’s display. OnePlus also says that it “fixed known issues and improved stability” of the OS here.
This update also boosts the security aspect here. It brings a new Android security patch, a security patch for May 2021. Granted, that’s not the latest security patch, as the one for June already launched, but it’s close enough.
More updates are expected to follow in the coming weeks / months
You can expect more updates to roll out to this phone in the coming months. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G was announced earlier this month, well, about a week ago, actually. So, it’s a brand new smartphone.
OnePlus is obviously trying to fine-tune things following its launch, to provide users with the best experience possible. The company does that with pretty much all of its devices as soon as they launch.
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is a budget smartphone from the company. It is fueled by the Snapdragon 750G SoC, and it comes in several RAM and storage variants. It has three cameras on the back, and one on the front.
The phone does include a 90Hz fullHD+ AMOLED display, two SIM card slots, and it even supports 30W fast wired charging. Wireless charging is not offered here.
All in all, this phone does have a lot to offer for the asking price, that’s for sure, and updates are always welcomed, as long as they improve user experience.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G, the company's latest smartphone, goes on sale in India. The smartphone was launched last week in the country alongside the OnePlus TV U1S. The Nord CE 5G comes with a Snapdragon 750G processor with 5G support, sports a 64-megapixel triple camera setup, 90Hz AMOLED display, and packs a massive 4500mAh battery. This is an open sale, which means it doesn't require any sign-up or registration. Amazon India has already claimed that the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is the highest-selling smartphone on pre-order in 2021 on the e-commerce website.
The new OnePlus Nord CE 5G will be available online via Amazon India as well as the company's online store, the OnePlus.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G price in India and launch offers
OnePlus Nord CE 5G has been launched in India at a starting price of Rs 22,999 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model. It has been launched in three RAM and storage models, the other two being - 8GB RAM + 128GB storage priced at Rs 24,999 and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage priced at Rs 27,999. The company wasn't telling pre-orders for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model, so we can expect it to be available during the open sale.
Talking about the launch offers, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G will be available with Rs 1,000 off with HDFC Bank credit cards and EMI transactions. Customers can also avail of a No-Cost EMI offer for up to six months with HDFC Cards. Amazon India listing also claims Rs 6,000 worth of benefits with the purchase of the Nord CE. For customers planning to buy the Nord CE from Amazon, the online retailer will give an additional Rs 500 cashback on every order made on June 16 and 17.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G specifications
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G will be available in three colors - Blue Void, Charcoal Ink, and Silver Ray. It weighs just 170 grams and measures 7.9mm thick. The Nord CE 5G features a 6.43-inch AMOLED Full-HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor and supports a 5G network, making it a future-ready handset. It packs a large 4500mAh battery with a new Warp Charge 30T Plus fast charging.
It sports a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 aperture along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with EIS and f/2.25 aperture. There's also a 2-megapixel mono sensor. The phone supports 4K video recording at 30fps and comes with various camera features like Nightscape, UltraShot HDR, Portrait, Panorama, Pro mode, and Smart scene recognition. There's also a 16-megapixel selfie camera. The phone supports features like face unlock and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with a 3.5mm audio jack and supports dual-SIM.
Apple has been claiming that its iPad Pro tablets are capable of replacing laptops since their debut. The iPad Pro 11 (2021) underlines this with the same Apple M1 SoC found in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and even the iMac. Is a chipset change enough for the 11-inch iPad Pro to replace a laptop, though?
The Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021), like the larger 12.9-inch model, utilises Apple's M1 SoC. Last year, Apple caught plenty of attention for its inaugural in-house chipset, which it debuted in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The pair surpassed expectations by outperforming comparable Intel processors while delivering great battery life. So theoretically, equipping the iPad Pro with an Apple M1 SoC makes sense, especially as Apple has been touting its premium tablets as laptop replacements for over five years.
iPadOS remains the most significant limitation with any Apple tablet though, in our opinion. Apple's tablet OS is not necessarily limited compared to Android, but limitations exist when comparing iPadOS with macOS, or any desktop OS for that matter. Simply, MacBooks offer better data management and program support than iPads do, making the former more versatile than the latter.
So, nearly six years on, the same complaints about the iPad Pro remain. However, the iPad Pro could replace a laptop for some people. Apple has done a great job at implementing its Pencil, for example, while its optional keyboard dock allows the iPad Pro 11 (2021) to be used as a daily or office companion. Ultimately, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) is a tablet, so it is good that Apple continues to stick with iPadOS, in that sense.
Undoubtedly, iPadOS and macOS will grow closer in the future. The Apple M1 is an important building block towards that symbiosis, even if Apple is yet to embrace the two OSes' convergence fully.
The Galaxy Z Fold2 remains available in the US, contrary to reports. Samsung has not stopped selling it on its US website. However, no US carriers have stock of Samsung's foldable smartphone in either colour, possibly in anticipation of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Currently, the only way to get your hands on a Galaxy Z Fold2 in the US is to purchase an unlocked handset.
Yesterday, 9to5Google reported that Samsung had stopped selling the Galaxy Z Fold2 in the US, just nine months after its release. As the screenshot below shows, Samsung's US website prevented people from buying the Galaxy Z Fold2 and returned a message when someone attempted to do so. The reference to the Galaxy Fold suggested that Samsung had redirected the Galaxy Z Fold2 product page in error.
In truth, the Galaxy Z Fold2 was never 'gone from Samsung's website', as some website's suggested. The Galaxy Z Fold2 remained live on Samsung's US website, just not its 'buy' page. Samsung has now corrected the error though, and is selling the Galaxy Z Fold2 again. However, the Galaxy Z Fold2 remains cheaper on Amazon (affiliate link).
No US carriers have Galaxy Z Fold2 stock in Mystic Black or Mystic Bronze, though. So, US carriers may have been running down their stock levels in anticipation of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Conversely, Samsung still sells older flagships like the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S10e. Hence, Samsung has done nothing to suggest that it will stop selling the Galaxy Z Fold2 when it releases its successor.
According to a renowned leaker, Xiaomi is planning another stab at releasing a foldable smartphone. The new device will feature significantly more impressive specifications than the Mi Mix Fold, which cannot keep pace with the Mate X2 or Galaxy Z Fold2 from Huawei and Samsung, respectively.
Less than three months have passed since Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix Fold, simultaneously its first foldable smartphone and its first Mi Mix smartphone in three years. However, rumours have already started about Xiaomi's second foldable smartphone, although its name remains unknown currently.
According to Digital Chat Station, Xiaomi plans to release the device in Q4 2021, which would give the Mi Mix Fold a relatively short lifespan. Digital Chat Station claims that Xiaomi has engineering samples ready and aims to have the device on shelves before Qualcomm announces the SM8450, the Snapdragon 888's successor.
Hence, Xiaomi's foldable smartphone has a Snapdragon 888 SoC, along with a 5,000 mAh battery and a 108 MP primary camera. Digital Chat Station asserts that the device will have an inwards folding hinge design too, necessitating two displays. Both displays will supposedly have high refresh rates, which Xiaomi could not manage with the Mi Mix Fold. Huawei equipped the Mate X2 with dual 90 Hz displays, for reference.
Multiple details about Xiaomi's next foldable smartphone remain unknown, though. A mysterious Xiaomi smartphone recently appeared at a Chinese certification agency with flagship hardware, mind you, so it could be the foldable Digital Chat Station refers to. The Mi Mix Fold remains elusive outside of China, so hopefully Xiaomi's next-generation foldable smartphone would be more readily available.