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Xiaomi 12 series unveiled in China

These are the world’s first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones

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Right before 2022 even started, Xiaomi unveiled its latest flagship-grade smartphones in China. Lo and behold, the Xiaomi 12 series — successor to the Mi 11 series that was announced earlier this year as well.

Similar stellar performance

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 official announcement last November, expect the latest chipset running the new smartphones. Not only does it promise better performance when it comes to multitasking and gaming, but it also supports a lot of improvements in hardware.

The smartphone’s cooled by Xiaomi’s large VC (vapor cooling) chamber of 2600mm² paired with a graphene film, to protect from overheating.

You can choose between 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage for both devices as well.

Same same, but different

While both are equipped with 120Hz AMOLED displays, the Xiaomi 12 has a 6.28-inch screen with a Full HD+ resolution while the 12 Pro features a bigger 6.76-inches with 2K/QHD+. This means future Xiaomi users who want to switch or upgrade have two options between a smaller and a bigger display.

The other difference is that the bigger one has an LTPO display that switches between 1 to 120Hz depending on usage. This helps reduce battery consumption. In contrast, both have under-display fingerprint scanners and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.

Another headlining feature is the 120W fast wired charging while the base variant has 67W. Albeit, both support 50W fast wireless charging and 10W reverse charging. Aside from the fast charging capabilities, the Xiaomi 12 Pro has a slightly bigger 4,600mAh compared to Xiaomi 12’s 4,500mAh battery capacity.

To alleviate overcharging and power management issues, Xiaomi has its in-house Surge P1 chip inside the phone. This is pretty much like comparing the Xiaomi 11T Pro versus the 11T all over again — but with a stark difference in screen sizes.

Different 50MP cameras, different setups

The Xiaomi 12 Pro has three 50-megapixel cameras. Meanwhile, the smaller sibling is equipped with one 50MP main (wide) camera, a 13MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP tele-macro lens. Both phones feature a 32MP front camera for selfies. Unlike previous Xiaomi phones, the punch-hole cutout moves from left to the center of the camera just like the 11T series.

While both possess a 50-megapixel main camera, there’s a massive difference between the two smartphones. The Xiaomi 12 is equipped with Sony IMX766 which is a 1/1.58″ sensor. On the other hand, the Xiaomi 12 Pro has a Sony IMX707 sensor with a bigger sensor sizing to 1/1.28″.

There’s also a new camera trick by Xiaomi called ‘CyberFocus’ that aims to challenge the iPhone 13 series’ Cinematic mode feature. This feature originally came from Xiaomi’s CyberDog AI robot. It has the ability to identify various subjects and control the camera’s focus.

 

Another improved camera capability is the new night mode algorithm that can still light up dim subjects while reducing the amount of noise.

But wait, there’s more!

There’s also a trimmed-down version of the Xiaomi 12 dubbed as the ‘Xiaomi 12X’. It mostly has the bells and whistles of its pricier sibling minus the wireless charging. Also, it doesn’t have the latest computational photography features of the new Xiaomi 12 series such as CyberFocus.

The performance is reduced too. From Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 down to Snapdragon 870 5G chipset. RAM and storage options are still the same.

Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro are available in four different colors. There are black, blue, and pink options in the lineup. Moreover, there’s the green one featuring a special vegan leather back.

Here are the pricing details in China along with their specific set of configurations:

Xiaomi 12 Pro

  • 8GB/128GB – CNY 4699 (US$ 738)
  • 8GB/256GB – CNY 4999 (US$ 785)
  • 12GB/256GB – CNY 5399 (US$ 848)

Xiaomi 12

  • 8GB/128GB – CNY 3699 (US$ 580)
  • 8GB/256GB – CNY 3999 (US$ 628)
  • 12GB/256GB – CNY 4399 (US$ 690)

Xiaomi 12X

  • 8GB/128GB – CNY 3199 (US$ 502)
  • 8GB/256GB – CNY 3499 (US$ 550)
  • 12GB/256GB – CNY 3799 (US$ 597)

Global availability has yet to be announced.

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This is what the Nothing phone (1) looks like

And when it might launch

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Since the inception of the company, Nothing has drummed up consistent hype for its products. The ear (1) carried a notable air of mystery before its launch. Now, all eyes are on the company’s next launch, its first smartphone called the Nothing phone (1). As the supposed launch window approaches, more and more details are coming out for the device. With a new report now, we know what the phone (1) might look like and when it will launch.

The first nugget comes straight from Carl Pei’s mouth. Speaking to Wallpaper, Pei and Tom Howard, Nothing’s head of design, both confirmed that the device will have a transparent rear. The company is reportedly proud of the different components inside the phone, especially the camera and wireless charging coil.

To show off the hardware, Nothing placed a transparent rear, showcasing something that users don’t usually see. It’s a design philosophy that the company has followed since the ear (1).

On the unconfirmed side of things, the phone (1) will supposedly launch on July 21, according to German publication AllroundPC. However, the publication doesn’t confirm whether the date pertains to the launch or the start of sales.

Other sources have also speculated that the phone will use the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for its processor. If anything, Pei and Howard have both confirmed that the device will have a Qualcomm chipset.

SEE ALSO: Carl Pei confirms Nothing phone (1) is coming this year

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iPhone 14 series reportedly delayed by China lockdowns

One model is lagging behind

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The iPhone 14 series is coming this year. However, if you’re eagerly waiting for the next major entry from Apple, you might have to wait a little longer. Ongoing lockdowns in China have reportedly delayed the development of the unannounced lineup.

As first reported by Nikkei Asia, Apple is asking its manufacturers to pick up the pace in the development process. Currently, China, especially Shanghai, are getting stricter with COVID-19 policies to control any potential resurgences of the virus. Naturally, that means more lockdowns, potentially affecting Apple’s partners in the country.

According to the report, the iPhone 14 series, which supposedly has four models, is currently in the engineering verification testing (EVT) stage. During this process, the manufacturer figures out the mechanical parts needed for the manufacturing process. They also figure out how much the process will cost for Apple.

Unfortunately, one of the four variants is taking longer in this stage. Apple uses different manufacturers per model, a good way to diversify the portfolio. The delayed model is handled by a manufacturer in Shanghai, one of the most affected by the recent lockdowns.

As such, the model is three weeks behind the normal schedule. The EVT stage normally concludes by the end of June. If a model misses the deadline, the delay might have implications for the launch of the final product and the supply down the line.

Apple usually launched the next iPhone series around fall of every year.

SEE ALSO: Apple reveals WWDC22 lineup

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The Sims 4 now has customizable pronouns for Sims

Available in English now

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Still the most popular simulation game today, The Sims 4 thrives on allowing players full freedom to customize their experience in the virtual world. Sims can ideally become whatever the player wants them to be. However, amid the game’s inherent freedom, it lacks an arguably important feature in today’s inclusive climate: customizable pronouns. Well, it did. In a new update, users can now do so.

Starting today, players can fully customize their Sim’s pronouns on the Create a Sim interface. They can choose between he/him, she/her, they/them, and fully customized ones. The interface is accessible at any time through the Create a Sim menu with any Sim– not just while creating a new Sim.

Besides the three multiple choice options, players can also create their own mixes of pronouns on the interface. They can customize the subjective, objective, possessive dependent, possessive independent, and reflexive forms of the pronouns they wish to use. (If this sounds too complicated without an English teacher, the game offers a guide and some examples to help players along the way.)

Adding customizable pronouns is a big step in the right direction for inclusivity in an immersive simulation game. However, the update is only available for those playing The Sims 4 in English for now. Naturally, other non-English languages approach pronouns in different ways. Developers at EA and Maxis want to get the system perfect before rolling it out to other users.

SEE ALSO: Electronic Arts is reportedly putting its company up for sale

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