The AnTuTu benchmark team has published a new ranking of mid-range Android smartphones in the international market for March 2021. It differs markedly from the similar AnTuTu ranking in China.
There have been no revolutionary changes in the ranking for a month. As the AnTuTu team notes, the mid-range smartphone market is currently not receiving an influx of “fresh blood”. However, one interesting phenomenon is observed in the ranking. The Honor 30 smartphone, which was leading in the AnTuTu ranking for five months in a row, was finally removed from the first place.
However, as the leader, he was also replaced by not the newest smartphone – Huawei Nova 7. According to AnTuTu experts, these two smartphones have occupied 1st and 2nd places in recent months, sometimes changing between themselves. In terms of the number of average points scored, they are very close and a change in position can be considered an error. The reason for this phenomenon is simple – in fact, this is one model based on the Kirin 985, produced under different brands.
Third place again belongs to the Redmi 10X 5G based on the MediaTek Dimensity 820, followed by Realme 7 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G, Redmi K30 5G, Xiaomi Mi 10i, Mi 10 Lite 5G, Huawei Nova 7i and Realme 7.
Statistics collected from March 1 to March 31, 2021. The AnTuTu ranking uses average, not the highest scores. For each smartphone, the results of at least 1000 tests were taken into account – models with fewer tests are not included in the rating.
“Born to accelerate the popularization of 5G.” Xiaomi introduced a cheap smartphone Redmi Note 11 SE with 90 Hz, 5000 mAh and 48 MP
The head of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, officially announced the company’s most affordable smartphone with support for fifth-generation networks, which was called the Redmi Note 11 SE.
“Born to accelerate the popularization of 5G,” is how the company leader describes this device. The Redmi Note 11 SE is priced at just $150.
Redmi Note 11 SE received a 6.5-inch FullHD + display with support for a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a hole for the front camera in the central upper part of the screen. It is based on a MediTek Dimensity 700 single-chip system with a 5G modem.
The amount of flash memory is 128 GB, the battery capacity is 5000 mAh, the main image sensor has a resolution of 48 megapixels.
Even more like the iPhone: Apple Watch Series 8 showed from all sides in high-quality images
Apple is expected to launch three smartwatch models this fall, including the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE, and the first rugged watch. This post provides high-quality renderings of the Apple Watch Series 8 based on leaks and available information.
The biggest difference compared to the Apple Watch Series 7 is that the screen protector is completely flat. This makes the watch case look more like an iPhone case. You can also see that the screen frame has become even smaller. It is quite possible that the Apple Watch Series 8 will be the watch with the highest effective display area.
Enlarged slots for the speaker are visible on the left side of the case, the usual clock controls are located on the right side. The watch will be able to measure heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. As for measuring temperature, blood sugar and blood pressure, Apple is working on these features, but they are unlikely to appear this year.
According to rumors, the presentation of the Apple Watch Series 8 will take place in September this year.
Source: iPhone 14 will get a front camera with autofocus
According to South Korean sources, one of the major improvements in the iPhone 14 line of smartphones, which is expected to be released in September, will be the front camera. Apple considers LG Innotek as a supplier of such high-end modules. In this case, for the first time, the supplier of the front cameras for the iPhone will be a Korean company, and not the unnamed Chinese manufacturers, as before. According to the source, Apple has reconsidered the attitude to the front cameras of its smartphones as inexpensive components, and now these will be more advanced solutions.
Initially, Apple planned to start installing LG Innotek modules only in the iPhone 15, but then moved the deadlines, so the iPhone 14 will already have a high-quality front camera this fall. It is reported that the new module will be three times more expensive than the previous model, but the owners of the next generation iPhone will be able to use autofocus for selfies. A number of other improvements are also expected, thanks to which the front camera of the new iPhones will come close to the main one in terms of its capabilities. According to rumors, LG Innotek has already begun preparations for mass production of front cameras for the iPhone 14.
“Alien” and “Predator” hunt for Android-smartphones. Details about the new spyware
Android users have been targeted by a new spyware called Alien that can download malware or the Predator virus. The spyware was allegedly developed by Cytrox in North Macedonia.
Google claims that several exploits, which collectively fall under the Alien spyware category, were sold by Cytrox to various government-backed groups. CitizenLab, an online security research company, has also discovered several attacks, and Google claims they are all related to Alien spyware.
Google claims that zero-day exploits based on Alien spyware are used alongside some older exploits. It appears that malware developers are actively trying to take advantage of the time difference between when some critical bugs were fixed but not flagged as security issues and when those fixes were fully rolled out to the Android ecosystem.
The virus spreads mainly through email. Victims receive email messages with suspicious links. Either link redirects victims to a website that installs malware.
The virus can potentially record audio, hide applications, and perform a number of other actions. Google claims to have sent out patches to fix the vulnerabilities. However, it is important that Android users remain cautious when opening emails from unfamiliar sources. Also, email users should never click on links embedded in emails without first verifying the identity of the sender.
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