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Germany bans Apple for infringing on Qualcomm’s patents

Older models pulled out of market

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Recently, Germany revealed itself as a much-needed ally for the ailing Huawei. Whereas most others are considering a ban, the country allowed the company to build new infrastructure on their soil. Germany’s intelligence agency didn’t find any incriminating evidence to necessitate a ban.

Now, the country is in the limelight once again. This time, Germany made a controversial decision surrounding another corporate battleground.

Throughout the year, Qualcomm has gone on a legal and promotional campaign against Apple. The two have been at it in different stages, claiming patent violations against the other.

Weeks ago, Qualcomm earned a victory against one of the world’s top-selling smartphone makers. China banned Apple from selling their older products moving forward. Embattled, Apple is appealing the process and refusing to comply with the court’s decision.

While undergoing the rigorous appeal process, Apple is facing another battle elsewhere. Germany has made the same decision, ruling the battle in favor of Qualcomm. Like China, Germany found the company guilty of violating patents from Qualcomm. As a result, the country has ordered a similar pull-out of affected products from the market.

Instead of refusing, Apple will comply with the decision, pulling out its products from German markets. These include the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 generations.

However, the company is not happy with the decision. “We are of course disappointed by this verdict and we plan to appeal,” Apple said. As the appeals go on, the products will not be available in retail stores. However, the newer iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR will still be in circulation.

Of course, the pull-out is just a drop in the bucket for Apple. The company still enjoys steady income streams from other markets around the world. However, the decision is a huge victory for Qualcomm. The company has been a huge thorn on Apple’s side throughout most of the year.

SEE ALSO: Apple says bent iPad Pro out of the box isn’t a defect

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Xiaomi is already working on a 200W wired charging solution

Set for launch in H2 2021

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Will wired charging ever reach a ceiling? Today, Chinese tech makers have brutally pushed the limits of wired charging technology. Though the chargers aren’t readily available for everyone yet, consumers can now access up to 125W wired charging. And, as you might expect, Xiaomi, one of the biggest players in the industry, isn’t done yet. According to a new Weibo leak, Xiaomi is already working on a 200W wired charging solution and a 5000mAh bettery.

On Weibo, popular Weibo leaker Digital Chat Station revealed the existence of the charging solution coming later this year. Besides the 200W wired charging system, the company is also reportedly working on reverse wireless charging.

Already, Xiaomi users can access blazing fast charging speeds through last year’s Mi 10 Ultra which can use 120W wired chargers. Naturally, a 200W charger is a huge step up. More importantly, a 5000mAh battery is another welcome addition. Though chargers are on the rise, battery sizes are still slow to improve.

Reverse wireless charging is also a good improvement. With a 5000mAh battery, you’ll have enough to power your device throughout the day and still come out with a powerbank for your other devices.

Unfortunately, the leaker did not reveal when the device will launch exactly. However, since the timeframe encompasses the latter half of the year, it could likely be the Mi 11 Ultra.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi shows off Air Charge, brings truly wireless charging for your home

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Qualcomm tipped to launch Snapdragon 775 this month

5G for the midrange

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As expected, the ongoing chip race is heating up. Headlined by Qualcomm and Samsung’s Exynos, the chipset industry has made aggressive pushes towards expansive product lineups, especially in the 5G arena. However, now that the flagship segment has enjoyed its time under the spotlight, it’s time for the midrange to step up. According to a new leak, Qualcomm is gearing up for a Snapdragon 775 launch sometime this month.

Through a leaked internal presentation, Qualcomm has inadvertently revealed the successor to its midrange Snapdragon 765 series. Based on the document, the Snapdragon 775 series — composed of the regular 775 and 775G — will round out Qualcomm’s chipset offerings for the year.

As expected, the series will come in the emerging 5nm architecture. It will also sport 5G and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. Unfortunately, the leak does not reveal what type of power the chipset will put out. The document merely hints at a Kryo 6xx CPU. In terms of camera, the chipset can power three 28-megapixel cameras at the same time. It can also support a 64-megapixel + 20-megapixel camera combination at 30fps. If configured right, it can also support 4K resolution, 60fps video shooting.

According to the leak, the series will launch sometime before the end of the month. Its predecessor, the Snapdragon 765 does need a much-deserved upgrade. Once it launches, the Snapdragon 775 will likely power the next generation of midrange handsets. However, the chipset’s name is not set in stone yet. Notably, the new Snapdragon 888 series skipped its predecessor’s naming conventions for an entirely new one. The unlaunched midrange chipset could follow suit.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Sound for hi-fi wireless audio

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OPPO is now the number one Chinese smartphone brand

Overtaking Huawei

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Because of the past few years, Huawei’s former dominance atop the smartphone rankings has drastically collapsed. Already, Huawei has already lost its lead as the world’s bestselling smartphone brand. Naturally, Huawei’s woes aren’t over, especially since the new Biden administration will likely keep the previous one’s anti-China bans. Now, Huawei’s fall is even worse. OPPO has overtaken Huawei as the number one Chinese smartphone brand.

Reported by Counterpoint Research, OPPO has captured 21 percent of the smartphone market in China. Vivo takes second place with 20 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Huawei, Apple, and Xiaomi share the third sport with only 16 percent of the market apiece. Since Huawei’s decline, competing Chinese smartphones has rushed in to fill the power vacuum. Likewise, especially with the Reno series, OPPO has rapidly expanded across the board.

Contributing to its downward spiral, Huawei has successfully sold off its sub-brand Honor recently. Though Huawei has certainly suffered from the sale, Honor’s emancipation enabled it to survive America’s bans and thrive on its own. The current rankings have stopped lumping Huawei and Honor into the same spot.

Besides being the top Chinese smartphone brand, OPPO is also the second bestselling 5G smartphone brand in China. Back in 2020, 65 percent of all smartphone sales were 5G-compatible.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Find X3 Pro coming soon

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