Week 51 in review: Galaxy Note here to stay, Galaxy S21 leaks aplenty

By | December 21, 2020

Welcome to another week’s recap. Samsung took over the news reel the past week thanks to a series of Galaxy S21-related stories.

We saw a number of renders of the Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra, solidifying previous leaks and showing off all color options for the upcoming devices. The camera details of the future flagships also surfaced. All three will gain autofocus on their ultrawide cameras. Otherwise the sensors themselves appear unchanged – 12MP resolution, 13mm wide with 1.4µm-sized pixels from a 1/2.55-inch sensor.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra will have two 10MP zoom cameras – a 3x f/2.4 72mm and a 10x f/4.9 240mm periscope. The main camera will be the 108MP sensor with laser autofocus and improved light gathering abilities.

Samsung teased the arrival of the Galaxy S21 Ultra with S Pen support in January. In related news a report from Korea disproved the rumors that Samsung will be scrapping the Galaxy Note series in 2021. So far we’ve heard from a few different sources that the Galaxy Note would yield its Fall flagship spot to the Galaxy Z Fold. The news that Samsung will continue making the Galaxy Note is good indeed.

Xiaomi will be looking to clinch the bragging rights for the first Snapdragon 888 phone on the market. Rumor has it that the Xiaomi Mi 11 family will become official on December 29. Whether it will launch in all markets on the same date remains to be seen, but we are likely looking at Chinese exclusivity for at least a while.

We also learned the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will have a 6.76-inch 120Hz QHD+ display, 50MP primary camera, 5,000mAh battery and 55W charging.

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Those were the key stories of the week. The full list is below. See you in a week!

Xiaomi Mi 11 tipped to launch on December 29

This would make it the first announced phone with a Snapdragon 888 SoC.


Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with Exynos 2100 spotted on Geekbench

This is likely the version to launch across Europe and India.


Nokia 5.4 announced - Snapdragon 662 for €189

It packs a 48MP primary camera, punch hole display and a 4,000 mAh battery.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro schematic reveals screen size

It’s going to be bigger than its predecessor.


Oppo introduces new “slide” concept phone with three hinges

The product was designed in cooperation with the Japanese studio Nendo.


Official Samsung Galaxy S21 images leak, showing off the four color combinations

The Violet and White ones have a two-tone color scheme while the Pink and Gray ones stick to a single hue.


Samsung Galaxy S21's ultrawide camera detailed, AF confirmed

The AF will enable macro photography too.


Xiaomi Redmi K40 surfaces in a set of live images

Get ready for a complete design overhaul.


Apple preparing new 10.5-inch entry-level iPad

It’s expected to be announced in Q1 2021.


Huawei releases HarmonyOS 2.0 beta for select phones, still lets you roll back to EMUI 11

Huawei P40 and Mate 30 phones, plus one tablet, can test drive the new OS. The update will be available OTA if you sign up as a tester.


Nokia Purebook X14 laptop announced in India with 10th gen Intel Core i5

The second coming of Nokia’s laptop range.


Samsung denies rumors of Galaxy Note discontinuation

The company is working on a schedule to bring a new phablet “next year”.


Google Photos adds automatically generated 3D Cinematic photos

The new feature is coming over the next month.


Google Maps gains Assistant driving mode, viable alternative to Android Auto app

It was first announced in 2019 but is now rolling out to users in the US.


Apple iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max get ProRAW with iOS 14.3

The update also brings Apple Fitness+ and AirPods Max support while also squashing a few bugs along the way.


Samsung confirms the Galaxy S21 is coming in January with S Pen support

A blog post by a major exec also hints at more (and more affordable) foldable phones, plus new camera developments.


Samsung Galaxy A32 5G gets certified by the FCC

It will ship with a 15W charger in the box.


Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power goes official as a rebranded Redmi Note 9 4G with an additional camera

It will go on sale in India starting December 22.


Snapdragon 888 phones will be eligible for up to 3 Android OS updates

Google and Qualcomm are teaming up to bring timelier Android updates to upcoming flagships.