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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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In this market, Samsung smartphones accounted for half of all sales. The company’s achievement in Vietnam contrasts with other brands

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Samsung has been the leader in the smartphone market for many years, but its positions vary greatly from country to country. As it turned out, in Vietnam, Samsung crushed half of the market.

At the end of the third quarter, the Korean giant took 49% of the Vietnamese market, and a year ago the company’s share was 36%. At the same time, almost all other companies from the top five recorded a decrease in their market shares.

As you can see, only Vivo was able to increase its share from 6% to 8%, but Oppo, Xiaomi and Realme cannot boast of this. At the same time, the market as a whole sank by 28%, so against this background Samsung’s achievement is even more significant.

In this market, Samsung smartphones accounted for half of all sales.  The company's achievement in Vietnam contrasts with other brands

Budget smartphones helped the company achieve such indicators. The Galaxy A12, A22 and A03s were the top-selling models in Vietnam. By the way, Galaxy A12, as we already know, was the second most popular worldwide this year.

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Which smartphone became the most popular in 2021? The answer could have been predicted a year ago

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Despite the fact that there is still a little more than a month before the end of the year, IDC analysts have already summed up the results of the year at least in relation to the best-selling smartphones.

The authors gave a list of five of the most popular devices, and four of them are from Apple.

The leader is quite expectedly turned out to be the iPhone 12. Recall that last year the best-selling smartphone was the iPhone 11, and before it the iPhone XR. The iPhone 11, as you can see, still sells very well, but the much more expensive last-generation Apple flagships also hit the top.

The only smartphone not from the Apple camp in the top five was the budget Samsung Galaxy A12. And that’s to be expected as well, as the base models of the Galaxy A line have also consistently been on top-selling device lists in recent years. True, there were usually Galaxy A5x there, but at least we don’t see Galaxy A52 in this list.

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Honor 60 and Honor 60 Pro showed high quality renders. Smartphones will get Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G, 108MP cameras and 66W charging

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The source has published high-quality renders of the Honor 60 and Honor 60 Pro smartphones, which will debut on December 1st. Judging by these images, the external difference between the older model and the younger one will be the screen bent on all four sides, but the rest of the devices are the same.

Interestingly, unlike the Honor 50, the main cameras have exactly three sensors – no quad cameras. Perhaps optical stabilization will appear, and the sensors themselves will become larger. The resolution of the main sensor will be 108 megapixels in both cases. The front cameras will use 50-megapixel sensors.

Honor 60 and Honor 60 Pro showed high quality renders.  Smartphones will get Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G, 108MP cameras and 66W charging

Both models will receive 6.7-inch AMOLED screens with Full HD + resolution with a frame rate of 120 Hz. The SoC will improve slightly: instead of the Snapdragon 778G, the Honor 50 will use the recently introduced Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G. Also, smartphones are credited with support for 66W charging.

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