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Hope for Huawei? Chinese contract manufacturer SMIC to start producing 7nm SoCs to bypass US sanctions

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Huawei has lost its Kirin single-chip systems due to US sanctions, which prohibit their production on equipment with American technologies. The company has so few Kirin SoCs left in stock that the release of the Huawei P50 is questionable. And if this model comes out, then in a very limited number. Meanwhile, Huawei has a ray of hope. And his name is SMIC.

It is a local contract manufacturer for SoCs. For obvious reasons, Huawei cannot work with TSMC or Samsung, but SMIC would be glad to receive an extended contract for the production of Huawei SoCs: the company is already producing Kirin 710A using a 14-nanometer process technology, but with the development of 7-nanometer standards, the cooperation of the two companies will be released to a new level. And here the most important thing is that SMIC will use the old DUV technology (Deep Ultraviolet Lithography) for the production of 7-nanometer SoCs, and not the modern “sanctioned” EUV.

Samsung and TSMC used DUV to produce 7nm single-chip systems four years ago, and now the technology has become available to the largest Chinese manufacturer. SMIC will reportedly begin trial production of 7nm SoCs this month, with mass production launching in October. Of course, such single-chip systems are not very suitable for top-level smartphones, but they will do quite well for mid-range models.

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Apple has a brand new product almost ready. The company first showed a mixed reality headset to the board of directors

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It looks like Apple’s mixed reality headset is indeed in its final stages of development.

Apple has a brand new product almost ready.  The company first showed a mixed reality headset to the board of directors

The source claims that last week Apple demonstrated the device to the Board of Directors for the first time.

Initially, Apple allegedly planned to announce at WWDC 2022, but technical problems, including overheating, forced the company to change plans. At the same time, Apple recently accelerated the development of the RealityOS operating system, on the basis of which the headset will work.

Apple is now expected to introduce the device either in the fall along with the iPhone 14 or as early as early 2023. Given that the company’s smartwatches were introduced in 2014 and AirPods were shown in 2016, this will be Apple’s first brand new product in years.

There are not so many details about the device on the Web, and even those sometimes vary greatly. For example, the headset is credited with 15 cameras required for gesture tracking, micro-OLED screens, a gaze tracking system, and a price in excess of $2,000.

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Apple took over half of the North American smartphone market, and Google shows growth at times

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Apple took over half of the North American smartphone market

Canalys analysts report that shipments of smartphones in North America in the first quarter increased by 3.7%, to 39 million units.

Apple took over half of the North American smartphone market, and Google shows growth at times

The undisputed leader is Apple, which increased sales by 19%, taking 51% of the market with 19.9 million smartphones sold. Samsung increased sales by only 1%, to 10.5 million, taking 27% of the market. Motorola closes the top three with a growth of 56%, a share of 10% and 4 million smartphones sold.

Fourth place goes to TCL, which sells Alcatel-branded smartphones. The company’s sales fell 21% to 1.4 million smartphones. And, apparently, in the near future it will shift to fifth place, as Google is growing at an incredible pace.

The search giant’s smartphone sales are up 380% (or more, but more on that below)! As a result, the company now occupies 3% of the market, having sold 1.2 million smartphones in the quarter. Still, despite a number of data, sales of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are clearly very good by the standards of Google itself.

Apple took over half of the North American smartphone market, and Google shows growth at times

All other brands in North America account for only 15% of the market, and sales of all these companies in total collapsed by 64%, to 2.1 million units.

Separately, it is worth noting that in some points the data in the table looks strange. In particular, Google’s growth from 0.2 million to 1.2 million smartphones is clearly over 380%.

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This is what the “King of Tablets” looks like. Realme Pad X 5G has already appeared on the website of the Chinese online store

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“King of Tablets” will be presented on May 26. Realme hasn’t released any details yet, but the Pad X 5G model has already appeared on JD.com.

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There isn’t much information out there yet. We are talking about a screen with a resolution of 2360 x 1640 pixels, 64-128 GB of flash memory and 4-6 GB of RAM. The tablet will be available in three colors, with one of the colors taken from smartphones in the GT line. You can also see the stylus in the image.

Given the design and resolution, we can definitely say that this will not be just a slightly modified Realme Pad. Recall that the tablet was credited with Snapdragon 870, and some version with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 may also come out.

The price is a plug of 9999 yuan, so there is no point in talking about it.

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