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Qualcomm will suffer because of Samsung: smartphone production will decline

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Samsung’s Line S2 factory in Austin, Texas suffered from power outages and was forced to suspend operations in mid-February. Having studied the situation and its possible consequences, TrendForce specialists believe that the utilization rate of production capacities at this enterprise will not return to normal levels (over 90%) until the end of March. Meanwhile, here Samsung manufactures several types of products that are critical for the production of smartphones. Specifically, these are radio frequency ICs (RFICs) required to support 5G networks, ordered by Qualcomm. They account for 30% of the monthly productivity of Line S2.

Qualcomm supplies these chips to smartphone manufacturers. In addition, they are used in 5G access points and modems. Samsung’s business outage is expected to result in a 30% reduction in 5G smartphone shipments in the second quarter.

At the same time, TrendForce expects this incident to reduce shipments of all smartphones in the second quarter by only 5%, given the existing inventory of components and the assumption that smartphone manufacturers are likely to be able to maintain total production by increasing production of 4G models.

TrendForce’s forecast for total smartphone shipments this year remains unchanged. Analysts expect 1.36 billion devices to be shipped in 2021. However, the forecast for the share of 5G smartphones in 2021 has been reduced from 38% to 36.5%.

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Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

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Specialists of the popular iFixit resource, specializing in the repair of various electronics, disassembled the new Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch and shared the results with the public.

Firstly, the watch scored 6 points on a 10-point scale of maintainability and generally positive reviews for its modular design, easy access to the screen and battery. Experts also praised Apple for keeping the Apple Watch Series 7 compatible with previous generations of bands, right up to the very first original Apple Watch.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

IFixit notes that despite minimal external changes, there are several major updates to the Apple Watch Series 7.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

As mentioned several times, the main difference between this device and the Series 6 is the enlarged display. Disassembling iFixit revealed that the watch uses an OLED panel with an integrated touchscreen (on-cell touch), this technology debuted in the iPhone 13.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

According to experts, this is an unusual approach for Apple, which usually prefers to experiment with new screen technologies on watches, and then implement them on smartphones – as happened with OLED, variable refresh rate and the function of “always on” screen.

Three former Apple engineers helped disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. The watch has more in common with the iPhone 13 than you might think

IFixit partnered with three former Apple engineers to disassemble the Apple Watch Series 7. As they noted, it was the new display that could cause delays in production and force the company to release the device later than it would like.

When Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 7 in September, it didn’t announce a specific release date. Former Apple engineers said this is usually indicative of delays, and the most likely cause is a manufacturing glitch caused by watch displays. They explained, “The screens have some of the most complex supply chains and assembly processes in the industry.”

The iFixit experts also found that the Apple Watch Series 7 has a larger battery compared to its predecessor. However, this did not lead to an increase in battery life, since the larger screen consumes more power.

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After the update, the experience will be like using a new smartphone. The head of Xiaomi spoke about the new firmware for the Xiaomi Mix Fold

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The development team announced the imminent release of a large update for the foldable smartphone Xiaomi Mix Fold, which will be released before the end of this month.

This update brings many new features and optimizations, fixes a large number of app bugs, dual screen connectivity issues, optimizes PC mode, adds MIUI + inter-screen collaboration, and other features.

Shortly after the official announcement, Xiaomi Group Vice President Chang Cheng revealed three main points of this update:

  • The basic interface has been greatly improved, it is smoother and more stable. The desktop has also been improved on the outer and inner screens
  • Many apps have been adapted and optimized for the foldable smartphone, including the PC mode everyone loves.
  • Now there are more than 4,000 apps on the list that support the big screen

Chang Cheng said that after the update, the experience will be the same as when using the new smartphone.

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Huawei P50 will still be released in Europe

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Yesterday, Huawei announced the global launch of the Huawei Nova 9 smartphone, which debuted in China a month ago. It also became known that Huawei will release the flagship smartphone Huawei P50 in overseas markets.

However, if Huawei Nova 9 goes on sale in Europe on November 2, then Huawei P50 will appear in this region only next year. It turns out that Huawei will release the flagship model of this series in Europe for the first time in two years. The previous model (Huawei P40) was released in the region in spring 2020.

The base model Huawei P50 uses a 6.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2700 x 1224 pixels with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. It is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, but lacks a 5G modem. The smartphone has 8 GB of RAM and a main camera, which includes image sensors with a resolution of 50, 13 and 12 megapixels. The battery capacity is 4100 mAh, there is support for 66 W fast charging.

It is not yet known whether Huawei P50 services will be preinstalled in the European version, but it is known for sure that Huawei nova 9 will not have them.

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