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ABI Research thinks 2022 will be “the next era of wireless innovation”

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2022 will be a pivotal year for wireless innovation as Wi-Fi 6, 6E and ultra-wideband (UWB) adoption accelerates in more end markets. Experts of the analytical company ABI Research predict that next year the shipments of chipsets with support for Wi-Fi 6 will exceed 1.5 billion units, and with support for Wi-Fi 6E (in the 6 GHz band) – almost three times in annual terms. Along with this, shipments of UWB chipsets are expected to reach nearly half a billion pieces as they grow in use in smartphones, wearables, speakers, personal trackers and RTLS apps.

In 2021, the adoption of Wi-Fi 6 has grown across the board. All mainstream smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, OPPO and Vivo already support this technology. The rollout is expected to continue in 2022, with the growing availability of mobile chipsets and Wi-Fi 6E platforms from leading vendors such as Qualcomm, Broadcom and MediaTek to accelerate the transition to 6 GHz devices. The transition to Wi-Fi 6 in the tablet segment is expected to be rapid as the technology is adopted by most of the leading vendors including Apple, Samsung, Lenovo and Huawei.

The PC market is also rapidly moving to Wi-Fi 6 and 6E technologies. Intel introduced its Wi-Fi 6 solution as a configuration option in 2019 and has since partially integrated it into all of its PC platforms. Hundreds of laptop models from leading laptop manufacturers including Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer, ASUS and Apple now support Wi-Fi 6. In addition, other connectivity chipset vendors such as Broadcom, MediaTek, Realtek, and Qualcomm. in the past few years have entered the market of Wi-Fi 6 solutions for laptops. In 2022 and beyond, Wi-Fi 6E adoption in laptops is expected to grow significantly through the development of new chipsets and strategic partnerships.

Wi-Fi 6 is also gaining popularity in home entertainment devices. So, in March 2020, MediaTek and Samsung jointly presented the first 8K Wi-Fi TV, and in April 2021 – the first 8K TV with Wi-Fi 6E based on the MediaTek MT7921AU chipset. ABI Research expects Wi-Fi 6 to be used more widely in 2022 and beyond, particularly in set-top boxes for receiving streaming. Analysts remind that models such as Apple TV 4K and Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max already support Wi-Fi 6 technology.

The decision of leading manufacturers to add support for UWB technology in their smartphones pushed the market. This technology is supported by Apple smartphones of the iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series, Samsung Galaxy S21 + and Ultra smartphones, Note 20 Ultra, Z Fold 2 5G, Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 and Google Pixel 6 Pro. ABI Research predicts that UWB support will be in almost every fourth smartphone that goes on sale in 2022.

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Slim metal body, OLED 4K screen and Dolby Vision support. In three days, Xiaomi will present its best laptop

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Slim metal body OLED 4K screen and Dolby Vision support

On July 4, Xiaomi will present not only Xiaomi 12S smartphones, which have already caused a serious stir in China, but also the Mi Notebook Pro 2022 laptop. Its feature will be the screen.

Slim metal body, OLED 4K screen and Dolby Vision support.  In three days, Xiaomi will present its best laptop

Xiaomi already had laptop models with 3.5K resolution displays, but the Mi Notebook Pro 2022 will get a 4K screen. And it will be an OLED panel, not an IPS one. Thus, in terms of display, Mi Notebook Pro 2022 will not only be the best Xiaomi laptop, but also better than most analogues on the market.

Slim metal body, OLED 4K screen and Dolby Vision support.  In three days, Xiaomi will present its best laptop

Slim metal body, OLED 4K screen and Dolby Vision support.  In three days, Xiaomi will present its best laptop

Also, the novelty is credited with support for Dolby Vision technology. The case will be all-metal and very thin – the thickness will be only 14.9 mm. The teaser picture indicates the presence of at least one USB-C port, but there will most likely be two.

There are no other technical details about the Mi Notebook Pro 2022, but Chinese sources believe that the laptops in the line will use the latest Intel and AMD CPUs – Core 12 (Alder Lake) and AMD Ryzen 6000.

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Charge your smartphone halfway in 4 minutes. Infinix 180W Thunder Charge ultra-fast charging introduced

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Charge your smartphone halfway in 4 minutes Infinix 180W Thunder

The growing company Infinix decided to compete with the giants of the market for ultra-fast charges and introduced the 180W Thunder Charge.

Charge your smartphone halfway in 4 minutes.  Infinix 180W Thunder Charge ultra-fast charging introduced

As the name suggests, this is 180W fast charging technology. Unlike Ultra Fast Charge 160W technology, which was just a concept, 180-watt charging will appear in the company’s smartphones, and already at the end of this year. It will debut in a flagship smartphone, but there are no details about it yet.

Infinix says this technology will allow a 4,500 mAh battery to be charged up to 50% in 4 minutes. How much will be needed for a full charge, the company does not say, but you should not multiply the indicated time by two.

Since we are talking about huge power for a mobile device, 180W Thunder Charge technology has received 111 software and hardware security mechanisms that monitor many different indicators, including temperature, voltage, electromagnetic interference, and so on.

It also implies the presence of 20 temperature sensors that will monitor the temperature of the battery, USB-C port, converters, and so on. The system will focus on keeping the temperature below 43 degrees.

Also Infinix will use special cables with identification chips. Only with such a cable will ultra-fast charging be activated. In the case of other cables, charging will still be fast: 60 or 100 watts.

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The future is here: a prototype of augmented reality contact lenses has already been tested

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The future is here a prototype of augmented reality contact

The company Mojo Vision recently spoke about its new development – contact lenses with augmented reality. They were tested by the head of the company, Drew Perkins. With the help of lenses, he was able to navigate in space, looked at images and even read text from a virtual teleprompter.

The future is here: a prototype of augmented reality contact lenses has already been tested

The current prototype is equipped with a MicroLED screen with a resolution of 250 by 250 pixels, its diameter is only 0.5 mm. The lenses receive a signal at a frequency of 5 GHz and work on the basis of a very small processor with Arm architecture. This allows them to overlay digital objects on top of the real world image.

The future is here: a prototype of augmented reality contact lenses has already been tested

The prototype already knows how to track the direction of view so that virtual objects always remain in view. Extremely small batteries are used for power, but it is not yet known how much they last.

The future is here: a prototype of augmented reality contact lenses has already been tested

So far, Mojo Vision plans to continue testing and clinical trials. In the future, lenses will enter the market, and their price will be at the level of flagship smartphones.

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