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Nokia launches a new series of smartphones

Namely the X-series, G-series, and C-series

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Nokia just launched six new smartphones with very distinct leveling and value propositions. These are the Nokia X20, Nokia X10, Nokia G20, Nokia G10, Nokia C10, and Nokia C20.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what each series is for according to the company:

  • X-series: Nokia X20 and Nokia X10 — refined quality and experiences that you will love, with extra durability.
  • G-series: Nokia G20 and Nokia G10 — innovative features in a reassuringly secure package, supported by longest battery life yet.
  • C-series: Nokia C10 and Nokia C20 — smartphone essentials you’ll want to keep for many years thanks to their signature durability.

They even shared this chart to better give us an idea on the distinctions between the three.

Now for the details.

Nokia X-series

The company is tagging these as midrangers that punch a little above their category. Both the Nokia X20 and Nokia X10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chip and is running Android 11 straight out of the box.

The phones also share the same 6.67″ FHD punch-hole display.Just like previous Nokia midrangers, the cameras are still powered by ZEISS optics with a friendly helping of AI solutions.

The Nokia X20 has this camera setup: 64MP main, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro. The selfie camera is at 32MP. It’s supported by a 4470mAh battery and comes in 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB configurations. Storage is expandable up to 512GB via a MicroSD card slot.

Nokia X-series | Nokia X20

Meanwhile, the Nokia X10 has this camera setup: 48MP main, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro. The selfie camera is at 8MP. It also has a 4470mAh battery but it comes in more configurations: 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB, and 4GB+128GB. Like the X20, storage expandable up to 512GB via a MicroSD card slot.

Nokia X-series | Nokia X10

Nokia G-series

The G-series strips the features down to the basics while still maintaining a reliable performance and generally pleasing experience. In this series are the Nokia G20 and Nokia G10.

The Nokia G20 specs are as follows:

Nokia G-Series | Nokia G20

  • 6.5″ HD+ display
  • Mediatek G35 SoC
  • Cameras: 48MP main, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5050mAh
  • Configuration: 6GB+128GB | Expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD slot

The Nokia G10 specs are as follows:

Nokia G-Series | Nokia G10

  • 6.5″ HD+ display
  • Mediatek G25 SoC
  • Cameras: 13MP main, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5050mAh
  • Configuration: 3GB+32GB, 4GB+64GB | Expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD slot

Nokia C-series

The Nokia C-series has the signature toughness and durability of legacy Nokia phones while still offering the most basic of a smartphone experience. They also run on Android 11 (Go edition).

The Nokia C20 specs are as follows:

  • 6.5″ HD+ display
  • SC9863a Oct-core up to 1.6Ghz
  • Cameras: 5MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Configuration: 1GB+16GB, 2GB+32GB | Expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD slot

The Nokia C10 specs are as follows:

Nokia C-Series | Nokia C10

  • 6.5″ HD+ display
  • Unisoc SC7331e Quad Core 1.3GHz
  • Cameras: 5MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Configuration: 1GB+16GB, 2GB+32GB | Expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD slot

All these new Nokia phones will run vanilla Android. That means fast and consistent software updates for the foreseeable future.

Pricing and availability details to follow.

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Xiaomi working on Mi Band with 360-degree display

Wraps around your wrist

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Xiaomi is enjoying quite a nice year so far. Recently, the Chinese company became the second largest smartphone maker in the world. Of course, besides its evidently popular smartphones, the company is also blooming with its slate of other devices including the successful Mi Bands. And, if this new leak comes to pass, Xiaomi isn’t done improving its other products. According to a new leak, Xiaomi is developing a new Mi Band with a 360-degree display.

Leaked on Weibo, a recent company presentation supposedly hints that the device — called the Mi Band X — is coming in the future. As the description implies, the wearable will not use the traditional screen + band system used by most wearable bands today.

Instead, the entire band is a flexible display. It won’t clasp with a buckle or notches either. It will reportedly use a magnetic system to fix itself on the user’s wrist. Though the description sounds complex, the leak states that the device will still be light and usable for a fitness band.

This isn’t the first wearable with a larger and more flexible display, though. Years ago, ZTE’s Nubia released the Nubia Alpha touted an elongated screen packed with smartphone-like features. At the time, it claimed to be the largest screen ever for a wearable. A 360-degree screen can easily upend this claim.

The leak does not indicate if or when the Mi Band X is coming. It doesn’t indicate how much the device will sell for either. However, if the Nubia Alpha’s EUR 449 price tag is anything to go by, the Mi Band X won’t be a cheap one, especially compared to other Mi Bands.

SEE ALSO: Redmi Note 10 Pro and Mi Band 6 are now in the Philippines

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Google is developing a Switch to Android app for iPhone users

Making it easier to switch

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Switching between mobile operating systems is one of the most tedious tasks for smartphone users. The task’s difficulty is often a big reason why Apple and Android users stick to their own lanes. To help ease this for switching users, Google is reportedly developing a Switch to Android app for iOS users.

Reported by 9to5Google, an upcoming APK supposedly reveals the existence of such an app. The unannounced app will help iOS users move their data to their new Android devices.

Data transfer apps have existed for quite some time now. Usually, smartphone makers have their own branded transfer apps. This is the first time that Google has its own app for the purpose. Currently (and without the aforementioned transfer apps), iOS owners have to back up their info on Google Drive (or elsewhere) then download them again on the new phone.

Compared to the current way to do it, the app’s data hints at more transferrable data between devices. The app can supposedly transfer messages and apps. Given how different iOS and Android operates, it’ll be interesting to know how Google transfers these data.

Currently, Google has not revealed when or if the Switch to Android app is coming. However, Apple already has a Move to iOS app, making it easier for those switchers to move. Google’s own take on the app has been a long time coming.

SEE ALSO: Cybersecurity updates for Google Chrome

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No OnePlus 9T or 9T Pro, rumor says

Probably because of the chip shortage

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The past 12 months have been weird for the smartphone industry. Last year, Apple removed the free chargers from its new iPhone boxes, sparking a concerning trend throughout the entire smartphone industry. Recently, Samsung’s TM Roh confirmed that a Galaxy Note isn’t coming this year. Now, there’s a rumor swirling around that OnePlus will not launch a OnePlus 9T or a OnePlus 9T Pro.

Explicitly leaked through a tweet, Max Jambor states that OnePlus will not launch the premium models of its current flagship lineup this year. Instead, the company will focus on the standard OnePlus 9 models this year.

Traditionally, OnePlus has a two-in-one release schedule every year, launching a standard flagship model earlier in the year and a premium slate later on. The schedule follows the same setup that Samsung uses for the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note series.

It’s a strange coincidence that both Samsung and (potentially) OnePlus are foregoing their premium models this year. Both companies could be feeling the effects of the ongoing chip shortage that’s affecting the world right now. Without chips, smartphone makers won’t have an easy time making their devices.

Besides Samsung and OnePlus, Apple is reportedly cutting out its iPhone 12 mini and its successors — albeit replacing the model with a larger one. Consoles are also experiencing the crunch, experiencing shortages across the globe.

Though the current OnePlus report is still a rumor, current events do lend some credence to the sudden disappearance of the OnePlus 9T and 9T Pro this year.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus teases OnePlus Nord 2 on Instagram

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