The 2022 version of the iPhone SE will most likely maintain the dimensions and overall design of the 2020 model, however there is some uncertainty surrounding the front – will it still have a forehead and chin or will it switch to a notch?
This detail is mysteriously absent from the CAD design that @xleaks7 supplied to CoverPigtou. It was used to 3D print dummies of the phone, which will be called the iPhone SE+ 5G. It is missing the Home button, as you would expect from a design descendant from the iPhone X instead of the iPhone 8 like the current SE.
Such details are usually left in place for testing covers and screen protectors, but the missing button is no guarantee that the new SE will switch from a fingerprint reader to Face ID.
Apple iPhone SE+ 5G (3D printed dummy)
All the other buttons are present and in the same locations as before. Even the phone’s dimensions are identical – 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (8.2 mm with the camera bump). This will make it one of the smallest smartphones to launch in 2022 and probably means that cases for the current SE will be compatible.
The only thing that may cause issues is the Apple logo, which has been moved up for some reason (it used to be centered).
If the iPhone SE+ 5G switches to a notched design, Apple will be able to fit a larger display. However, a major increase in size is not expected until the next generation – the 2023/2024 iPhone SE is rumored to have a 5.7” display. That one will almost certainly have a notch.
As for the 2022 model, it’s not clear yet. Rumor has it that Apple wants to unveil the SE+ alongside the new iPad Air in March or April, so more substantial leaks should surface soon.
LG established the G-series as its flagship lineup in 2012 and we’ve already looked at some of the best in the series like the LG G3 and LG G Flex. However, the company felt that there was room for an even more premium line, something to emulate the S and Note lines of perennial rival Samsung.
And so the LG V series was born, its specialty would be powerful, durable phones with innovative screen, camera and audio tech. This all began in late 2015 with the arrival of the LG V10.
The V10 certainly had a unique look. Instead of going for a sleek glass and metal sandwich design, LG opted for a back panel made out of the silicone-like “Dura Skin” material. It was textured to provide extra grip and the elasticity of the material helped make the phone shock-resistant.
That wasn’t all. The corners were padded with silicone bumpers to absorb the shock of a fall, while the chassis (dubbed “Dura Guard”) was made out of rigid 316L steel to prevent the phone from flexing, which can crack the glass. The glass was extra tough as well with dual-layer Gorilla Glass 4.
None of this didn’t prevent access to the battery. The back came off easily, so you could replace an aging battery and while there, you could also pop in a microSD card to expand the storage.
The rugged back cover was removable • Oh, look, a 3.5 mm headphone jack
To be clear, the LG V10 wasn’t just a rugged flagship. Instead, toughness was just part of its identity – the V-series weren’t fragile, gimmicky toys, they were serious tools for serious people.
And the V10 was not short of inventive designs. The screen, for example, an IPS LCD panel, had its top left corner cut out. This created a dedicated shortcuts bar on top. The segment had 160 x 1,040 px resolution and its own display driver and backlight so that it could remain always on.
This made it into a sort of status bar when the phone was locked and a swipe would give you easy access to things like muting notifications and turning on the flashlight. There was also the “signature” option, which allowed you to put a short bit of text on the front.
The top left corner had to be cut out to make room for two selfie cameras. Both had 5MP sensors, but one was behind an 80º lens, the other behind a 120º lens. Group selfies were a breeze, even without a selfie stick.
The rear featured a single 16MP camera with a bright f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and Laser autofocus. The camera app offered RAW and RAW+JPG modes, plus a number of manual controls for photos and videos.
There were some pretty advanced features like Rear curtain sync for the flash, which was useful in dark scenes with close up subjects. For videos you could control the frame rate, adjusting it as low as 1fps and as high as 60fps (or even 120fps in 720p mode).
The Directivity setting controlled how the microphones recorded sound – they could prioritize what was in front of the camera (your subject), behind the camera (you, doing commentary) or both. You could even use a wireless Bluetooth mic to record the audio and there were level meters to check if the gain is adjusted properly.
LG had already made a name for itself for excellent audio on its phones and the V10 was no exception. It featured a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC from ESS Technology and native support for the lossless FLAC and ALAC codecs. You don’t even have to ask, yes, it did have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The phone came with a LG Quad Beat 3 headset, which was really nice and was tuned by AKG for good measure. The music player had several presets, including one set up specifically for this headset.
The retail package included an LG Quad Beat 3 (tuned by AKG) headset
Going back to the display for a moment, it was a 5.7” IPS LCD with 1,440 x 2,560 px resolution. It was bright, with a high contrast ratio and pretty good color rendering as well.
The LG V10 was powered by the Snapdragon 808, which wasn’t Qualcomm’s top chip that that year. But if you remember the Snapdragon 810 debacle, you probably already know why the 808 was a fine choice – the 810 ran very hot, so throttling negated most of the performance advantage it had on paper.
Benchmarks showed that in most tasks performance was close to that of the LG G Flex2, which did use the Snapdragon 810, though the GPU was slower (not ideal when paired with a 1440p display).
The phone launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop with a smattering of LG customizations. We already mentioned the ones for the secondary screen and the camera. There was also split-screen multitasking and Knock Code.
Back then LG’s trademark design was to put the Power button on the back, surrounded by the Volume up and down buttons. Soon that Power button became a fingerprint reader, but Knock Code was a tap-based code to unlock your phone.
The LG V10 was a unique phone. Not conventionally beautiful, but it was at least highly practical. The secondary display and the dual selfie cameras added interesting twists to the typical G-series formula and we appreciated the amount of manual controls and customizations present in the software.
But the V10 had a fatal flaw in its DNA, one shared by the LG G4. Some units suffered from a particular hardware failure that caused bootloops. LG said the issue stemmed from “loose contact between components” and promised a fix. Even so, it was hit with a class-action lawsuit for the G4, V10 and several other models. The suit was settled in 2018 with afflicted owners getting $425 in cash or a $700 rebate towards a new LG phone.
LG V30 (left) and V20 (right)
Undeterred, LG launched the V20 the following year and the V30 the year after that. We’re quite fond of both and will cover them in future installments. However, this was around the time that LG started to lose the plot. V30S? V35? Were those different enough to warrant a new launch? It was starting to feel like LG had ran out of ideas for the V-series.
That is not to say that LG was out of ideas, period. No, there were a few crazy devices in the works like the LG Wing, there was a rollable phone in the works too. But no model, not even the well-liked V-series, proved profitable enough, so the company (unlike Sony) decided to bow out of the smartphone business. And its innovation is going to be dearly missed!
Google released the second Android 12L beta with an interesting hint at its foldable future.
Animations within the OS depict a foldable that may suggest the Pixel Fold’s design.
It suggests the Pixel Fold may tend towards a stubbier build than Samsung’s taller foldables.
Google released the latest Android 12L beta this week, bringing several UI tweaks to the table. However, one notable tidbit seemingly relates to Google’s foldable phone.
As spotted by 9to5Google, the new beta includes new animations that detail the setup of a foldable phone, including network setup and SIM insertion. Interestingly, they’re similar to the Pixel setup screen you’d see on modern Pixels.
So what can we glean from these moving images, then? The animation depicts a book-like foldable phone with an apparent hinge on the left, an external display alongside, and the SIM tray beneath that. Its right side houses an apparent volume rocker, too.
Google Pixel Fold: A compact foldable?
Another interesting detail is the phone’s apparent physical profile. 9to5Google surmises that they could hint at the Pixel Fold’s overall shape, which trends more towards the Oppo Find N than the taller, slender Galaxy Z Fold 3. When fully unfolded, the Pixel Fold’s screen in the animation has an approximate 7:8 ratio. Compared to the 8.4:9 Oppo or 22.5:18 Samsung, it suggests Google could be working on a phone design that fits between these two players.
We should mention that these design details are drawn from setup animations, not concrete images or details of the Pixel Fold itself. These animations could merely be placeholders within the OS and the actual design of the foldable could change. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen mention of the Pixel Fold in Android, and it probably won’t be the last.
For now, Google’s long-awaited foldable has reportedly been canceled, but it’s interesting to note that the development of the Pixel Fold might not be dead just yet. Perhaps we might see the phone’s long-awaited debut this year, but that remains far from confirmed.
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Last month, Lenovo teased the Legion Y90 gaming smartphone with a 144Hz screen and said it would be unveiled on January 1. Well, that didn’t happen, and while we wait for its launch date, Lenovo has posted a short video on Weibo, giving us a glimpse of the Legion Y90’s design.
We can see that its flat screen with rounded corners has slim bezels on the top, with a selfie camera on the right side of the earpiece. Around the back, in the center, is the huge island housing flash, cameras, and Y-shaped light. We also see antenna lines on the frames, suggesting a metal build. You can watch the video clip below.
The Lenovo Legion Y90 will run ZUI, which – if the machine translation is correct – will come with some tweaks for a better gaming experience.
Previously, Lenovo confirmed that the Legion Y90 will come with a dual-engine air-cooled system for sustained performance. It will pack a 6.92″ E4 AMOLED screen with a 720Hz touch sampling rate and support HDR content.
The OnePlus 10 Pro was expected to arrive today, but January 4 was simply when the company confirmed the launch date. In a couple of teasers OnePlus confirmed its next flagship is coming on January 11 at 2 PM Chinese time.
The news came accompanied by a bunch of images spread across the OnePlus website and its social channels. They confirming the rear design of the phone – a huge square on the left side with three cameras and a ring flash.
OnePlus 10 Pro
Pete Lau, co-founder and CEO of OnePlus, said specifications are not the essential part of a smartphone in a lengthy post, addressing his followers on Weibo. Specs are just the base of a phone – to be a flagship, it needs to have outstanding performance.
It is a clear nod to the fact OnePlus will go for features that improve the efficiency of the phone, which may or may not include some chipset throttling, masked as “optimization mode”.
The screen is likely to remain a 6.7” Super AMOLED with 1440p resolution, but with an evolved LTPO 2.0 technology for “enhanced smoothness”.
Three generations of OnePlus flagships have seen a vanilla and a Pro phone on the stage. This upcoming series is likely to introduce a similar lineup – a OnePlus 10 with a lower price, and the OnePlus 10 Pro all out flagship with Hasselblad cameras and all the bells and whistles.
Since the landing pages are available globally, next Tuesday, we expect to learn the prices not only in CNY but in USD and EUR, as well as arrival dates for overseas markets.
After several months of teasers, canceled launch rumors and countless leaks, Samsung finally went ahead and announced its Galaxy S21 FE 5G earlier today. It’s everything we’ve come to expect and now that the phone is finally official also get a detailed infographic highlighting all the key specs.
It all starts with the design which is clearly inspired by the flagship Galaxy S21 series with the triple camera module that molds into the side frame. The FE does color match the camera island and back for a more seamless look and it comes in four color options – Graphite, White, Lavander and the new Olive option.
While we’re talking about the back – there’s a triple camera setup here with a 12MP main cam with OIS, a 12MP ultrawide snapper and an 8MP telephoto module with 3x optical zoom. That’s the exact same setup as the S20 FE from last year. The selfie shooter on the front is 32MP again just like last year’s model.
Moving on the display – it measures at 6.4-inches and is of the Dynamic AMOLED 2X variety. It refreshes at 120Hz speeds and boasts FHD+ resolution. There’s a Snapdragon 888 at the helm, aided by 6/8GB RAM and 128/256GB storage. You get a 4,500 mAh battery with 25W charging, IP68 water/dust resistance and Android 12 with One UI 4 out of the box.