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Cheap to buy – expensive to repair. Xiaomi Mi 11 fails in the maintainability test

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Despite the fact that Xiaomi Mi 11 has been on sale for several months, the smartphone has only got to iFixit specialists now. Alas, users (current or future) of this model have nothing to please: 4 points out of 10 for maintainability does not bode well in the event of a breakdown.

However, you can start with the pros. First, an ordinary screwdriver is enough for disassembly. Secondly, the panels of the case are not strongly glued together, and most of the components inside are modular. The battery and display can be replaced independently of each other.

The downside is that the USB-C port and the SIM card reader are located on the daughterboard. And if the second is unlikely to break, then USB-C is most susceptible to wear and tear, so in the ideal case it should be a separate component – inexpensive if replaced. At the same time, there are many other components inside the smartphone, and in order to get to the battery, you will have to tinker with numerous cables and loops.

In order to get the screen, I had to use a special tool. In addition, there is a high risk of damage to the display during this procedure. It would seem, what’s the difference if smartphones with damaged displays usually come for repair? For example, there may be a situation when you have to replace the sub-screen fingerprint scanner, and this can only be done after removing the display itself. Which, in turn, is fraught with its breakdown.

In general, it is better to handle the Xiaomi Mi 11 with care and carry your smartphone in a protective case. Then the risk of getting into expensive repairs is minimal. Recall that recently, iFixit specialists disassembled the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and it performed even worse, gaining only 3 points out of 10 for maintainability.

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Samsung trolled the bangs in the iPhone, and will eventually use it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

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Prominent informant Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks, has released the first computer-generated images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra flagship tablet.

The biggest design innovation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra should be a bang-shaped cutout. Despite the presence of this element, this tablet, like the recently announced MacBook Pro laptop, does not support 3D facial recognition.

Samsung trolled the bangs in the iPhone, and will eventually use it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung trolled the bangs in the iPhone, and will eventually use it in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

It is worth remembering that after the release of the iPhone X, Samsung released a whole series of black PR videos in which it made fun of the large cutout in the screen, which was very unusual at that time. After a few years, the company doesn’t seem to regard bangs as the same ridiculous element as they once did.

The source adds that only the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will receive such a notch, while the Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8 + will not have bangs. In terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will have a 14.6-inch display, the Galaxy Tab S8 will have an 11-inch display, and the Galaxy Tab S8 + will have a 12.4-inch display.

Steve Hemmerstoffer at the beginning of the year published high-quality renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones, which were later fully confirmed.

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Full redesign of iPhone 14: periscope camera and small hole in the screen

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According to Mydrivers, LG Innotek is developing a periscope zoom lens for Apple, which is expected to be used in iPhones from 2022 or 2023.

Apple’s rival Samsung pioneered the periscope zoom lens in the Galaxy S20 series launched in January last year. Many other Android-based flagships from Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and other companies also actively use similar modules.

In the iPhone 13 Pro, despite using new image sensors and larger lenses, the optical zoom is only 3x. The difference with Android flagships remains very, very large.

The addition of a periscope camera should noticeably change the design of the rear panel. And if you consider the rumors of ditching the bangs in favor of a hole for the front camera, then the iPhone 14 may well bring the biggest design update since 2017, when the iPhone X hit the market.

The presentation of the iPhone 14 is expected in September next year.

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This is what the Xiaomi 12 Pro might look like. The smartphone was shown on a new render

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A Chinese insider has published a render of a new smartphone – according to him, this is how the Xiaomi 12 Pro will look. The device in the picture does not strike attention with design delights – there is still the same embedded front camera and a display bent onto the sides, as a result of which the screen does not have traditional side frames.

This image is generally consistent with rumors that the Xiaomi 12 screen will change slightly compared to the Xiaomi Mi 11: the novelty will simply use the latest generation Samsung AMOLED E5 panel with an embedded front camera – that is, there will be no sub-screen camera. The display will be curved, but it will not bend in all four directions – this decision Xiaomi will refuse.

According to the latest data, Xiaomi 12 will be released in December. The smartphone is credited with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 SoC, a triple camera with 50 MP sensors, a 5000 mAh battery, support for fast charging with a capacity of 120 W (wire) and 50 W (wireless).

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