Week 15 in review: Sony Xperia 1 III, 5 III, 10 III are here


Welcome to another week’s recap. The biggest story of the week was Sony’s triple announcement. The Japanese company unveiled the make III revisions of its Xperia 1, 5 and 10 smartphones, which will come to market in early summer.

The Xperia 1 III and 5 III both feature identical camera systems, which include three 12MP cameras with PDAF and OIS, covering the wide, ultrawide and telephoto range. The latter is a first of its kind with a variable focal length of 70mm and 105mm from a single sensor. That translates to around 2.9x to 4.4x zoom.

The Xperia 10 III is a compact device with a 6″ OLED display, triple camera, IP68 water resistance, stereo speakers and a 4,500mAh battery.

TCL showed off the Fold ‘n’ Roll concept device – the first device that’s both foldable and rollable. It starts off with a 6.87-inch screen, which can unfold to 8.85-inch and then unroll to 10.0-inches. It will take some time before we see an actual market-ready version of the Fold ‘n’ Roll, though.

TCL also added three new phones to its lineup – The TCL 20 Pro 5G, TCL 20L and TCL 20L+.

Samsung’s Galaxy Quantum2 became official in Korea with QRNG (random number generator) security chip. It will come to the global stage as the Galaxy A82, which leaked in the wild this week.

Samsung teased that “the most powerful Galaxy” will be unveiled at an Unpacked event on April 28. A subsequent leak revealed that the event will most star Samsung’s new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 Windows laptops.

Apple will host an event next week, on April 20. It’s widely expected that we’ll see new iPad Pro’s – and 11-inch and 12.9-inch model – at least one of which (likely the bigger one) will have a mini-LED display.

Those were the key stories of the week with the full list below. See you next week!

Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III announced with 120Hz screens, variable telephoto lenses

The two boast the industry-first telephoto camera with variable focal length.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE first renders pop up online

The phone resembles the Galaxy S21, but with minor differences in the camera and body.

Sony Xperia 10 III brings SD690 and a triple camera

The first midrange Xperia with 5G connectivity is here.

Samsung Galaxy A82 live shots leak, reveal familiar design

The camera setup is in line with the current trend, but nothing like the Galaxy A80 flip camera.

TCL unveils the Fold 'n Roll concept device: the first phone that's both foldable and rollable phone

This makes it a 3-in-1 device: a phone, a phablet and a tablet, with three different screen sizes.

Samsung Galaxy Quantum2 is official with QRNG chip and 5G

The phone is expected to come to the global stage as the Galaxy A82.

Oppo Reno6 Pro switches to a Dimensity 1200 chipset, according to leaked specs

Its predecessor had the Dimensity 1000+ at the helm.

vivo V21 official listing confirms design, 44 MP selfie camera with OIS

The new phone should be fully unveiled soon, or there won’t be anything left to unveil.

Redmi's gaming phone confirmed to release at the end of this month

It might come with a Dimensity 1200 SoC under the hood.

Kuo: iPhone 14 to have 48MP camera, 8K video, no more iPhone mini from 2022

A periscope zoom lens and under-display Face ID could come in 2023. AR headset to have 15 cameras.

LG shares list of phones eligible for Android 12 update alongside Android 11 roadmap update

The premium LG phones from the last year are in for at least two more Android OS updates.

Samsung schedules Galaxy Unpacked event for April 28

We are going to see “the most powerful Galaxy”.

Sony Xperia 1 III arrives for pre-order in Russia at $1,300

The Xperia 5 III is also available for $1,100.

Huawei's HarmonyOS to reach 300 million devices this year

A total of 300 million devices are expected to run the company’s new OS.

Xiaomi Mi 11 starts receiving MIUI 12.5

New features and bug fixes on their way.

Apple iPhone 13 mini leak suggests new dual camera module

According to a leaked CAD drawing of the 2021 entry-level iPhone, the camera module has a new arrangement.

Huawei's partner releases SDK to quickly port GMS apps to AppGallery

The Choice SDK is developed and distributed by Bluesource.

Xiaomi is reportedly working on new tablets with 11

Tablets with high refresh rate screens are quite rare – almost as rare as Xiaomi tablets (the company has only made a handful of models).

Apple's next event is taking place on April 20, Siri reveals

We’re expecting Apple to confirm the date later today.

Xiaomi Mi 11X series coming to India on April 23

These will likely be rebranded versions of the Redmi K40 and K40 Pro.

Bloomberg: 12.9-inch iPad Pro will bring mini-LED display in April, despite shortages

The 11-inch iPad Pro may keep the IPS LCD. Dummies show iPad Pro’s and iPad mini 6.

TCL expands smartphone lineup with 20 Pro 5G,  20L,  20L+  and 20S

Three new TCL 20 phones to the already existing lineup.

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