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One-click camera or battery replacement. Xiaomi may have a modular smartphone

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The idea of ​​a modular smartphone that involves a quick change of the camera, screen or battery has been known for a long time, but it is not often found in real implementation. One of the most popular models was Motorola Moto Z, but its circulation was also small – in contrast to ordinary “solid” smartphones. However, the concept is so attractive that manufacturers continue to describe it in various patents. One of these is designed by Xiaomi.

According to the source, in February 2020, Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co. Ltd. filed a patent for a modular electronic device with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The documentation appeared in the public domain recently, on April 29, and is already included in the database of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The application details the Xiaomi smartphone, which consists of three modules. Depending on the installation of a particular module, the functionality of the device changes.

One-click camera or battery replacement.  Xiaomi may have a modular smartphone

The upper module is supposed to place the camera together with the motherboard and the processor – and this is a rather original solution: it turns out that along with the camera upgrade, the user can get a more powerful platform. Previous modular devices did not involve replacing the main hardware components – memory, processor, modem.

One-click camera or battery replacement.  Xiaomi may have a modular smartphone

The middle module is, in fact, occupied by the battery. It should be assumed that it is as easy to change as in ordinary phones. The bottom module with a loudspeaker and a USB port is in the base, and the replaceable options may be different. For example, a projector or a very powerful speaker.

One-click camera or battery replacement.  Xiaomi may have a modular smartphone

As can be seen in the renders based on the sketches accompanying the patent, the camera blocks can be different – with three or four modules, or with three modules and an additional screen (which is very similar to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra).

One-click camera or battery replacement.  Xiaomi may have a modular smartphone

The registration of such a patent does not at all guarantee the appearance of such a serial device in the near future, but Xiaomi, as you know, knows how to surprise.

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All leaders will lose, but Apple will strengthen. TrendForce published a forecast for the smartphone market

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All leaders will lose but Apple will strengthen TrendForce published

According to TrendForce analysts, in the third quarter of this year, the smartphone market sank by 11%, to 289 million units.

All leaders will lose, but Apple will strengthen.  TrendForce published a forecast for the smartphone market

The market leaders were Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo, but the current quarter will temporarily change the balance of power. According to analysts, Apple will increase its share from 17.6% to 24.6%, overtaking Samsung, which will occupy 20.2% against the current 22.2%. This is not the first time that Apple has become a market leader in the fourth quarter, which is explained by the release of a new generation of iPhone.

All leaders will lose, but Apple will strengthen.  TrendForce published a forecast for the smartphone market

At the same time, it can be seen that the source predicts a decrease in market share for all leaders, except for Apple. It is worth noting that in this case, the source considers the sales of Oppo as sales including Realme, which is not typical. It also counts OnePlus sales, but that’s normal after a merger.

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All Snapdragon Pro Series gamers will now be forced to use Samsung smartphones

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All Snapdragon Pro Series gamers will now be forced to

Qualcomm has chosen Samsung as an official partner of the Snapdragon Pro series of smartphones.

All Snapdragon Pro Series gamers will now be forced to use Samsung smartphones

Among other things, this means that gamers who compete in the Snapdragon Pro Series Mobile Challenge and Mobile Masters will only use Snapdragon SoC-based Samsung Galaxy devices from the Snapdragon Pro Series Mobile Challenge Finals at DreamHack Valencia. That is, we are talking about one of the largest leagues in mobile eSports.

We are committed to bringing high-performance Snapdragon processor-based Samsung Galaxy devices to billions of gamers around the world to keep the spirit of camaraderie and competition going.

Which Samsung smartphones will be used by gamers is still unclear, but in recent years, the company’s devices have gained not the best fame among gamers, which is due to gaming services and related features.

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The world’s first smartphone with a retractable portrait lens – Tecno Phantom X2 Pro

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The worlds first smartphone with a retractable portrait lens

Tecno has announced a new line of smartphones Phantom X2, and also announced a strategic partnership with Google, through which Anroid updates for its new smartphones will be released within three years.

The world's first smartphone with a retractable portrait lens - Tecno Phantom X2 Pro

According to the manufacturer, the Phantom X2 Pro is the world’s first smartphone with a 50MP retractable portrait module, featuring a 2.5x optical zoom, 65mm focal length and f/1.49 aperture. This module is great for creating high-quality bokeh shots. In addition to the retractable portrait lens, the smartphone is equipped with a main camera with a resolution of 50 megapixels and a 13 megapixel ultra-wide-angle module.

The world's first smartphone with a retractable portrait lens - Tecno Phantom X2 Pro

The standard Phantom X2 has a 64MP main camera with OIS and a 13MP ultra-wide camera.

The Phantom X2 Pro series is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 5G single-chip system, which is complemented by the 7th generation Imagiq 790 ISP image processing unit.

The phones received up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory. The battery capacity is 5160 mAh, phones support 45-watt fast charging.

The world's first smartphone with a retractable portrait lens - Tecno Phantom X2 Pro

The Phantom X2 Pro will also have an eco-friendly version with a back made from biodegradable materials. The body is made from 50% recycled plastic, which was collected in the Indian Ocean.

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