Less smartphone purchases. The global economic crisis unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic sank the demand and supply of many key sectors of the global system, but one of those that suffered the most from the shock of the paralysis due to the fear of contagion on income, was the technology market, specifically that of smartphones or smart phones.
And is that before the health crisis, the world was in a period of economic growth and global sales of smartphones had remained relatively stable for several years. Consumption was going through a stabilization phase thanks to the increase in employment in the main markets and economies of the planet; United States, China and the European Union.
But the spread of the virus changed the global behavior of human society towards a perception of what is really a priority in everyday economic terms. Mobile phone sales fell 26% in the first quarter of 2020, according to the Future of devices report published this past Monday in the framework of the CES forum by GSMA Intelligence (the research division of the GSMA, the association of telecommunications operators) .
“While in the second quarter the fall was less pronounced, of 6%, in the third the industry began to recover and the sale of mobile phones increased by 32%. It is expected that the smartphone market will take several months to reach pre-pandemic levels ”, details the report from that technology consulting firm.
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For his part, Jason Reed, lead analyst for Digital Consumption at GSMA Intelligence, predicts that “the recovery of the smartphone market will be very uneven in 2021.” This is because only one economy grew in 2020 despite the pandemic, and it was China, while in 2021 almost all countries will recover, but it will be uneven growth at the international level and also at the internal level between the different layers. of their populations.
“In countries like China and other nations where the pandemic has been kept under control, the recovery has already begun,” says the analyst.
Therefore, when essential consumption stabilizes in developed countries after acute recessions such as the one in 2020, then the general demand for non-priority products tends to rebound at very accelerated levels and with a high volume of transactions, at least 50% more depending from the country.
“But in much of Europe and America, Covid-19 is expected to continue causing economic disruption for at least the first half of the year, and the lingering effects are likely to be significant,” explains Reed, who in turn considers “little it is likely that these regions will rebound and return to pre-pandemic volumes until at least the fourth quarter of the year ”.
If those interruptions that the expert speaks of continue in Latin American countries, the giant smartphone producers such as Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi will have very large contractions in their profits, their markets and their inventories in nations such as Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Venezuela, among others in the region. @worldly
In 2020, Samsung’s phones were once again the most used in Uruguay, according to the ranking of Statcounter, an independent consultancy that collects user data from more than 2 million websites in the world and knows the brands of devices they use.
According to the data collected by the company based on the web browsing of its users, although the South Korean company decreased its market share (at the beginning of 2020 it had 44.53% and ended it at 41.28%) in Uruguay, it remains as leading by several lengths of advantage.
Both the official Samsung store in the country and other official ones show that the Galaxy A51 was the most marketed smartphone in the country (and one of the most marketed on the planet).
It exceeds by more than 20 percentage points, according to Statcounter data, its most immediate competitor: Xiaomi. This Chinese manufacturer has been the one that grew the most in Uruguay in the year. It ended 2019 with 14.7% of the market and grew slowly and gradually to consolidate in second place with 19.73% of the market.
This came about due to the success of products like the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C. These inexpensive products, which range between US $ 140 and US $ 180, have large capacities at affordable prices.
Apple, meanwhile, did not exceed 14% throughout the year and was surpassed by Xiaomi, despite the fact that its sales had a boost in October, when it reached 17%. That growth came about due to the success of the iPhone SE (second generation). It is a powerful smartphone (with a processor and features similar to the iPhone 11), but smaller. The specialized media in the world have cataloged it as the company’s “cheap” smartphone.
Almost on par with Apple was Huawei, which had the Y series as one of the best-selling products. As reported by the company, the Y9 Prime was one of those that had “the best reception among Uruguayans.” However, the Asian manufacturer has powerful phones with very powerful cameras that are sold in Uruguay and seek to fight hand-to-hand with the giants of the sector such as Samsung and Apple.
With less than 3% of the market were cell phones whose brands were LG, Motorola, Alcatel and Sony.
How do they arrive at these results?
Statcounter uses a tracking code on more than 2 million websites around the world. “Every month, we record billions of page views on these sites. For each page view, we analyze the browser / operating system / screen resolution used and establish if the page view is from a mobile device, “it says on its website.
Pocophone F1. Little F2 Pro. Little X3. These are the Xiaomi Poco models that precede the M3. Phones that are not only great terminals, but have also exploded the mobile market in Spain in the 300 range, the one most sought by the national consumer. However, the family was missing something: an entry range, even cheaper.
It seemed difficult that Little could be overcome, especially after the bombings that supposed the F1 and the F2. But everything points to the Chinese company hitting the key again thanks to Poco M3 and its breakthrough price: 169 euros. In its highest version, in addition; the most basic version costs even less and does not exceed the 150 euros.
A ridiculous price for everything it offers. By outlay it should go on the shelves of the low-medium range. However, we have tested it in depth and we can say – without fear of being wrong – that this mobile solves one of the great problems of low-end Android phones: It has no limits despite the price.
Reimagine a good design
Remember a crew member of the Among Us.
When it comes to low cost, we can expect to find two main problems with these devices. On the one hand low quality construction materials and a rather good design ugly. It is logical, it is one of the last questions that a user would look for in a cheap phone. However, the Poco M3 completely breaks that concept.
Because Poco has wanted to give personality to a phone that, presumably, should last many years in the hands of its owner. No glass or metal; the body is done in plastic, and that’s good news. It helps make the phone lighter and more portable (despite its huge battery) and also keeps it from getting dirty all the time.
Plastic, although it may not seem like it, is a great strength in this phone.
Plastic, on the other hand, it is of great quality. Little, and by extension Xiaomi, has always had a good job in building its devices and this is no exception. It feels good, light and slim, and has a very premium for the price we have in hand. By the way, the plastic is rough, increasing the feeling of grip.
Comparison with a glass iPhone 11.
If we focus on the purely aesthetic, again we find this commitment to personality. The screen bezels, usually forgotten in these price ranges, they are thin (except the lower one) and opt for a design of notch drop type. The main protagonist is the plastic part attached to the three-camera module, on which we have the Poco logo.
Far from powerfully reminding us of a crew member from the popular video game Among Us, We think this design is cool in all respects. We’re not getting rid of the bulge in the cameras that the iPhone 11 started, but at least it’s hidden and aesthetic in its own way. Undoubtedly, This Poco M3 has opted for a disruptive design, and these days it is something to be appreciated.
Few things are in this phone that are low-end.
Our biggest problem with cheap phones is the cuts, but not because they shouldn’t be done; in the end the manufacturer must make a profit. Disaster comes when you cut them there are too many. In the case of the Poco M3, we find a surprisingly low amount of cuts, which are quickly compensated by some great additions.
Poco and Xiaomi have wanted that whoever takes this phone, is not excessively limited. The 6.53-inch screen is Full HD +, and instead of micro-USB we have USB-C at the bottom. Yes, the fingerprint reader is on the side, but we have it and it works perfectly. While it is true that the screen, for its part, does not have high refresh rates it does have good color reproduction and good brightness outdoors.
Poco M3 screen.
The processor is mid-range and is not signed by MediaTek, but by Qualcomm. A Snapdragon 662 that will be enough for practically all the tasks that we throw at the phone, even games.
At the top of the phone we have the three cameras, with a 48 megapixel main sensor and a classic configuration of depth and macro sensors. The front camera is 8 megapixels and works with the sufficient quality required of a device of this price, just like its rear sisters. We even have a 3.5mm infrared jack!
Little M3 taking photos.
But the characteristic for which it stands out is, without a doubt, its monstrous 6,000 mAh battery, with fast charging of 18W. The battery is camouflaged in weight by the materials chosen by the phone and fortunately does not make the device particularly cumbersome to use. In return, we take one of the best autonomies on the market in our pockets.
Even a demanding user will have excellent autonomy of more than a day and a half. If we do not demand much of the Poco M3, the autonomy will be easily extended at the two days, even more. Needless to say, it’s a real pleasure to get rid of the charger, and let the device work without worrying about reaching the end of the day.
For having, it even has USB-C.
As a curiosity, the Poco M3 includes a charger with a faster charge than the phone supports, 22.5W. A clear nod to the trend of manufacturers to include chargers with lower power than their phones support … or to remove the charger directly.
As we can see, Poco has not left anything in the pipeline and has provided the user with all the advantages of a mid-range phone below 200 euros. In fact, we’ve only experienced one problem: performance. And it is that despite wearing a decent processor, we have experienced some problems such as jerks and lags in the system, MIUI 12, the latest version of Xiaomi operating system.
However, everything indicates that this is an optimization problem and not so much the processor, especially speaking of Qualcomm. More than likely will be resolved in future updates of software.
This mobile is special.
It is very common that below 200 euros we find devices difficult to recommend on Android. Xiaomi, in fact, is a specialist in covering the range from 200 upwards of absolutely insane terminals when it comes to value for money. But if we don’t want to complicate our heads, this Poco M3 it is without a doubt the option to choose.
We do not believe that there are better alternatives (unless we look at previous generations). It gives us everything we need and more, and obviates the limitations that other manufacturers would have imposed in order to reduce costs in an industry that is increasingly expensive to maintain. If you are looking for an Android mobile for less than 200 euros, do not hesitate; the Poco M3 is one of the best purchases you can make right now.
The market gaming It is expanding in the mobile segment, and it is a clear trend in Asia, where gaming from smartphones is a recurring activity. However, they are rare on this side of the world, and That is why we were so curious to try it. After a few weeks of use, we can already share our impressions of the Red Magic 5S from Nubia.
These are the specifications of the equipment:
The differential in design
From the outset, we realize that it is not an ordinary telephone. The curves at each corner are a far cry from the current build trend, and the slightly sunken sides are the most stuffy I’ve seen on a phone in years. This section has for a while.
On the right side of the screen we have the volume and lock buttons very in the middle of the aluminum, and they are there because there is nowhere else to place them. Above them rests a grid that serves to allow the air to escape to the ventilation duct of the equipment – yes, we already started with the oddities – and at the ends of that side there are two very sensitive pressure zones with 300 hertz of refreshment, which They virtualize on-screen touches for games, in the style of the triggers on a PlayStation controller.
On the left side we have a red position selector that allows you to switch between the Android desktop and the “Games Mode” that immediately activates the fan, and that allows a very light breeze of air on the grill on the opposite side. A little further down, we come across a 7-pin dock connector, an accessory that RedMagic has to improve the user experience.
At the bottom we find one of the two speakers – yes, we are looking at a stereo – the USB-C port and the tray for the two nano SIMs. There is no expansion by microSD. Above rests, lonely, the income for headphones.
The back cover reserves a couple of surprises for us in that frosted glass surface that improves grip without a case – there is one that protects the equipment very well, by the way – and that allows a more “glossy” strip to stand out in the middle of the back, along with a plate that highlights the brand and an inscription “Ag” that has two references: the silver color and the integration of a silver-plated plate to improve thermal conductivity.
The stripe allows the three-lens system to stand out, alongside the discreet LED flash at the tip of the array. The cherry on top of the design is the little red LED with the Red Magic logo housed on the opposite side of the cameras and which can be configurable to notify or stay on. It is, without a doubt, a very different phone from what we have seen throughout this 2020.
The strength of AMOLED
Here we must take stock of the Mi 10T Pro from Xiaomi, a team that also has a 144 Hz panel, but IPS. Here we have an AMOLED, and you can see the huge difference between one and the other. In colors, in a sense of fluidity, in contrast, in practically everything. In addition, we have the possibility to reduce the refresh rate to 90 and 60 hertz, slightly more efficient instances for energy management.
In this case, and unlike Xiaomi’s high-end equipment, we do not have a thinner edge. In this case we have a panel with wide upper and lower edges, and we do not go through the “notch” or the hole on the screen. It may be fine for some, but it feels like a clean panel of interruptions.
Along with the benefit of AMOLED, we have “Always On Display” configurable with GIFS, the brand’s logo or some custom graphic that we want to add to the screen.
We are facing a screen of good color and great tactile response, without “ghost” touches and with an intensity more or less located between 450 and 550 nits of average brightness. It’s not a problem in the sun, but it’s not the most intense your eyes will see.
RedMagic OS needs to learn Spanish
Here we find a different frontier than Android 10. In this case we have the version “Red Magic OS 3.5”, a heavy layer of customization that is streamlined by the 8Gb of RAM and the 144 hertz screen. Of course, from the start I tell you that the translation experience in the launcher into Spanish has several errors and flaws. Certainly some tools cannot be found with the configuration search engine or some labels may give you the wrong impression about the task you are looking for.
The highlight of the software is the launcher for games, which is activated with the switch added to the right side of the panel. On this site, we enter the carousel of applications that are added as games to the system, although one can also do it manually.
In this section we will have all the necessary configuration to configure our gaming experience: give more weight to the processor or the graphics part, activate the fans, capture the screen in frames or video, the optimization of frames based on the game, the speed of our connection , performance statistics, access to WhatsApp as a floating app, and other personalized shortcuts that the user can generate.
This suite is very complete and has a section for peripherals. This is where we can activate the external fan that cools the equipment faster. In our test unit we had access to this adapter, but it really isn’t something you want to have close to your computer at all times.
Within the Android section, customization is a bit heavier, but the team seems to respond well to that. We have many preloaded elements to configure the appearance of the background, the animation of the off screen, the icons, the dynamic wallpapers, everything. It is a customizable team.
In the case of photo editing, we have a complete suite for coloring, cutting, mosaic application for sensitive information and also being able to apply smartphone borders to the capture.
Although it is a useful set of tools, the menu still has some inaccuracies in the translation and several details “to update”, such as the floating screen and WhatsApp as the only compatible app. It is still a developing layer.
The least premium: the cameras
For many, a telephone “gamingIt shouldn’t have the best cameras on the market. That argument is solidly defended by this Red Magic 5S that, even because of the software in its photographic section, does not love it.
Be careful not to take bad photos. In bright conditions, the machine can register very vivid tones and some detail. However, compared to smartphones with the same Snapdragon 865, they are at a clear disadvantage.
In the main environment, we do not have the possibility to use the wide angle lens, and we can only activate it in the PRO MODE. And we don’t have it available for video either, just for photography in this specific section. A shame, because it doesn’t work badly.
At night, the equipment is not the best option for low light shots. The wide angle lens is slightly darker and creates a lot of noise when shooting from PRO mode.
In the case of the front camera, for photos we have a slightly more irregular behavior. Sometimes it pulls too much light, and in other cases it doesn’t handle the backlight well.
Brute force ready
While the cameras are a disappointment, the team is a killing machine. With the Snapdragon 865 pushed around by 8GB of RAM and that 144hz AMOLED screen, you literally fly. There is nothing to give this team hiccups. Everything is thrown at a speed to be feared, and it shows.
In the case of multimedia, I must specify that the audio comes out louder when we have the game mode active, but it does not use the same system for the rest of the actions. I mean, your game is going to sound good, but it will sound better when you activate. That, unfortunately, is an issue that you will have to suffer with with Spotify or Tidal, as you will have to add them by hand to the game software in order to have a louder sound.
Regarding connectivity, I have not had a major problem in mobile networks or WiFi. I have always maintained connectivity, GPS location and bluetooth contact. It is a team that works without problems for the issue of network use. Regarding the fingerprint sensor and facial recognition, they work well. 8 attempts out of 10 are recognized without problems.
In the case of games, virtualizing the screen touches based on the settings of the gentlemen works very well. If you find a game that is not compatible with this add-on, as in the case of Asphalt 9, you can “remap” the L and R points on the screen so that they translate into hits on the panel. An interesting idea.
The external fan works very well, but it’s a bit awkward if you’re looking to change posture to answer a message or return to “phone” mode. In addition, it requires being connected to the cable to function and emit energy, since the cable that goes to the phone works for the passage of audio and charging. Relying on this connection can be an annoying topic.
Loading and noise
There are several elements to analyze here. To begin with, we are talking about 4500 mAh that charge depending on what we connect to it, since the 55W charging connector is sold separately. However, I tested it with Xiaomi’s 30W system and Samsung’s 25W charger. Fast charging is very efficient with both systems, and the charging process did not exceed an hour from zero to 100.
The life of the equipment was almost six hours of screen with 144Hz and played with the fans on. When it went down to 90Hz, I hardly noticed much difference, so I preferred to keep my experience with that addition. What happens is that this panel does not regulate the refresh rate like Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED that reduces the rate when the equipment remains idle, or the interface does not require as much push, Here we always have 144hz.
However, there is an interesting detail. The fan can be activated to mitigate the heat produced by fast charging, an interesting addition considering the enormous amount of energy the device consumes during charging. For the night, we can adjust this parameter and deactivate the Fan at certain times so that at night or at dawn the noise is not annoying. It’s a bit tall.
It is an average life team, but that justifies that consumption with the potential that it carries within. However, I have had some mismatches with the standby, and I woke up with 14% less battery when I left it disconnected after the charging process.
It’s one of the most complex issues in this whole phone thing. gaming. On the one hand, it meets all the conditions to be a killing machine, but there are certain imbalances that appear during the user experience, such as poorly translated software or the quality of the cameras.
It is a team intended for a group that seeks power at all times, for gaming experiences with high quality of detail and fluid movements. At that point, the Red Magic stands out for its screen, sound and combination of components. If you are looking for an outstanding photo and video experience, stay away from this device.
It is nice to see how the world gaming is finding new markets, and this equipment is already sold in Chile, Peru and Mexico from the Red Magic website.
* Equipment provided by Red Magic International from December 1, 2020 until the publication of the review
In the first three quarters of 2020, 18.1 million smartphones were sold in Mexico; MediaTek managed to grow 18% in Mexico.
The smartphone industry grew 2.4% in Latin America in terms of units in the third quarter of 2020, although in Mexico there was a decline of just over 8% compared to the same quarter of last year, revealed the study “Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker ”presented by IDC and MediaTek.
MediaTek led the smartphone chipset market in Latin America for four consecutive quarters, with 39.85% share in the region as of the third quarter of 2020. In Mexico, the manufacturer’s market share was 43.7% in the third quarter of this year .
During the first three quarters of 2020, 18.1 million smartphones were sold in Mexico, with a reduction of 22.7% compared to the 23.4 million devices of the previous year. In terms of brands, the smartphone companies with the highest penetration in the region were Samsung, Motorola, LG, TCL, Huawei, Xiaomi and BLU.
In 2020, MediaTek focused on offering better products so that consumers take advantage of the use of better and better cameras, have greater and more reliable connectivity, as well as having excellent performance in games and applications in general, such as the use of Artificial Intelligence to help get better images and videos on ever higher quality screens.
Hugo Simg, Director of Business Development for Latin America at MediaTek, specified that thanks to the trust of their customers, coupled with the good performance of their products in conjunction with the brand’s chipsets, they managed to offer the best value proposition for the consumer region of. “We continue to have the confidence of the main brands in the market and throughout 2020, MediaTek is present in more than 300 smartphone models throughout Latin America and in more than 100 models in Mexico.”
Xiaomi has started the year 2021 with the official presentation of the last member of its flagship series: the Mi 10i 5G, a device that is positioned in the upper mid-range with powerful specifications at a competitive price.
The Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G integrates a 6.67-inch IPS screen, Full HD + resolution (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) and an AdaptiveSync refresh rate of up to 120Hz. It is also TÜV Rheinland certified for low blue light and HDR10 + compatibility.
The phone is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. In addition, it includes dual stereo speakers, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, infrared emitter, and finger scanner on the right side.
Internal power is driven by Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor, which has support for 5G connectivity. This is accompanied by 6 GB / 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB / 128 GB of integrated storage (expandable with microSD card).
The battery is 4,820 mAh and it supports 33W fast charging, with which it promises to recharge from 0 to 100% in just 58 minutes. As an operating system, Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G Run Android 10 under MIUI 12 UI.
In the photographic section, the smartphone is equipped with a selfie camera 16 MP and a configuration of four rear cameras composed of a 108 MP main lens, an 8MP ultra wide angle, a 2 MP macro and a 2 MP depth sensor.
Price and availability
The new Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G will go on sale starting next Friday, January 8 through the company’s website, Amazon and other e-commerce platforms. It will be available in Pacific Sunrise (pink), Midnight Black (black) and Atlantic Blue (blue).
– Xiaomi Mi 10i 6 GB RAM + 64 GB: 20,999 rupees (approx. 287 dollars or 234 euros).
– Xiaomi Mi 10i 6 GB RAM + 128 GB: 21,999 rupees (approx. 300 dollars or 245 euros).
– Xiaomi Mi 10i 8 GB RAM + 128 GB: 23,999 rupees (approximately 328 dollars or 267 euros).
2020 was a strange year for most people, but despite the pandemic situation and the sudden stop in activity, we were involved in the launch of some great products.
It is the case of the new computers Macs de Apple Based on M1 technology, 5G smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S20, or the steady growth in sales of monitoring devices and fitness focused on health.
So, what can we expect as big trends for this new year 2021?
The following predictions and technological trends are the result of opinions of expert journalists from our IDG editorial group, who daily analyze current events and write about reviews of products in our publications.
Drop-down or expandable phones
The Inno Day 2020 that Oppo celebrated at the end of last year already gave us a glimpse of interesting news that could arrive in 2021.
The conceptual device Oppo X 2021 shown with a roll-up display that extends from 6.7 inches to 7.4 inches in just a few moments, thanks to the fact that it can be opened and closed like parchment.
This could be one of the most anticipated technologies of 2021. In essence, it has a patented technology called powertrain Roll Motor, so that it superimposes two plates in one to get the mobile to extend the size of the screen.
With companies like Samsung and Huawei focusing on foldable phones over the past few years, see the models Galaxy Z Fold2 5G and the Mate Xs, it is possible that these modalities receive a boost towards what could define the future of smartphones.
ProMotion in iPhone
The 120 Hz display has become a regular feature of flagship Android phones such as models. OnePlus 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20, Oppo Find X2 Pro and many others of lower price.
However, Apple iPhones are still in the 60Hz display era, even when it comes to talking about the higher priced iPhone 12 Pro Max.
In this way, ProMotion is the name that Apple has given to the high refresh rates and that we can already find in the iPad Pro models, which provides greater agility in the smooth scrolling of the interface and the device screen.
We think that 2021 will be the year in which Apple extends this feature to the iPhone 13, although it remains to be seen if it will extend it to the entire range or it will be something specific to the top-of-the-range iPhone 13 Pro models.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many tragedies and disruption in 2020, so we have become accustomed to fighting the threat using disinfection devices and other associated household items, steam, and UV rays.
These products have been around for a long time, but it is now that they have become much more popular, thinking about ensuring well-being at home, on public transport and in any restaurant, school classroom or closed place.
We will have to be attentive to what will be announced now at the beginning of the year in the new edition of CES 2021, where the main technology brands will show their innovations for this year, with companies such as Beko and its range HygieneShield.
Other brands have similar launches in household appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves and refrigerators. It will undoubtedly be the year of disinfection in the most science fiction style.
Video streaming services
Video streaming services like Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus O The movie, among many others, have become popular in homes in this time of the pandemic, to the point of having become the alternative to being able to attend movie premieres.
It seems that in 2021 this trend of increasing subscribers will continue, with great movie premieres hitting the platforms at the same time as they do in the big cinemas.
In this way, as the states of alarm continue in the countries, it seems very possible that other giants of the industry will sign agreements that will allow the public to watch new films from their own homes.
One service in dire need of quality content is Apple’s TV + platform, so we wouldn’t be surprised if one of the world’s richest companies decides that movies are the way to go.
Laptops with 5G
Mobility may not have been a priority in 2020, since most of us have stayed at home for much of the year, either telecommuting or the little ones attending virtual classes through technology.
At the end of last year we already saw the appearance of the first laptops with 5G capabilities, in the form of the Lenovo Yoga 5G. It is expected that in 2021, all brands will join this trend to expand their offer of equipment with LTE connectivity.
If 2020 will go down in history as the year in which 5G smartphones became a reality, with frankly competitive prices, 2021 could be a copy for this technology but transferred to laptops with such super-fast connectivity.
Windows 10X and Chromebooks
Windows 10S may not have made it big in the world due to its restrictive nature, but Microsoft has another version of the popular desktop operating system that could be the surprise hit of 2021.
Windows 10X is a simplified version of Windows 10 that was primarily designed for dual-screen devices like Microsoft Duo. However, things have changed as it looks like the software will debut on single screen devices in 2021.
With ChromeOS gaining in popularity, especially in the education market, could Windows 10X be the answer Microsoft needs to make sure the next generation of users stick with their? software?
Electric bicycles and scooters
We have started the new year 2021 and the new traffic regulations imposed by the DGT oblige us to comply with a series of requirements by the habitual users of electric scooters, for which until now there was a legal vacuum.
In this way, the changes approved in terms of traffic for 2021 indicate that vehicles with one or more wheels with a single seat will only be able to circulate in the city and on the road, complying with the same traffic regulations as other vehicles.
These vehicles must use the road and not the sidewalk to move, with speeds between 6 and 25 km / h. Its circulation on sidewalks and pedestrian areas, as well as on interurban roads, crossings or highways is totally prohibited.
No type of driving license is necessary, but electric scooters must have a circulation certificate that certifies that they meet the technical requirements contemplated in the manual.
The best technology of 2021
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In search of revolutionizing the smartphone market, Xiaomi revealed at the end of 2019 the Mi MIX Alpha, a new smartphone concept equipped with an immersive screen. Since then, the company has explored different formats inspired by that same design.
On January 1 of this year, Xiaomi received approval from the Chinese National Intellectual Property Office for a design patent on two smartphones equipped with a surround screen, which differ from each other by their photographic system.
The first model integrates a display panel that extends from the top and bottom towards the rear. Additionally, it incorporates a secondary display elongated on both sides that would serve to display notifications, icons, effects and animations.
This device has a horizontal frame installed on the back where it houses the photographic system module. Although the documentation does not detail what the lenses are, the sketches show a quad camera setup and an LED flash.
With respect to the second model patented by Xiaomi, this one has a much more rounded upper and lower curvature than the previous phone. It also has a simpler photographic module, composed of three cameras, similar to that of the Mi Mix Alpha.
The wide range of cell phones from Xiaomi it is already a hallmark in itself for the Chinese brand. Their new models arrive almost every month, while sometimes there are only weeks of difference between one launch and the next. Along these lines, this weekend the trustworthy appearance of one of its most anticipated devices was revealed: the Redmi 9T, designed to complement the “Power” model that was released in recent weeks.
As can be seen, this launch does not offer great news within its range, but represents only a small evolution and some new details in the photographic section with respect to models such as the Redmi Note 9 4G.
This is what the new Redmi 9T looks like
The camera offers the main difference with respect to the Note 9 4G model, as it jumps from the triple to the quadruple camera. This can be seen in the real images that were leaked during the weekend, in which the Redmi 9T appears next to a POCO M3.
Along with the three sensors, inside the photography module you can see the aforementioned fourth camera, which is located where the Note 9 4G had the “AI” logo. This new camera is based on a 2 megapixel macro sensor, inside the new phone that appeared under the name M2010J19SG.
Making the comparisons, it is obvious that it is a cell phone very similar to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 4G that precedes it.
In addition to these images, the launch date for the new terminal was also announced. Xiaomi, which would be available to the public from Friday, January 8. The soon release of this phone does not cause surprise, since in the images it is shown turned on and operational, as if it were ready to be launched on the market.
As for the rest of the phone’s features, it has a 6.53-inch Full HD + screen with a small camera on the front. In addition to the quadruple camera and the aforementioned 2 megapixel macro sensor, there is the main one that offers 48 megapixels, the wide angle of 9 megapixels, and one more than 2 megapixels deep.
The autonomy of this phone will be quite generous: it has a capacity of 6000mAh. The processor is the same as that of the Redmi Note 9 4G, as it is the Snapdragon 662. What is also expected that the price of the device is accessible, as is customary within the Redmi line.
Among all the rumors of the iPhone 12 that reached Spain, without a doubt the one that most worried users (and that later became a reality) was the initiative of Apple removing the included charger with their smartphones. What until now had become an almost obligatory fact had been history.
A decision that at first may seem completely illogical. How the hell are we going to charge our mobile devices? Apple, in addition to hiding behind environmental reasons, assured that this could be alleviated thanks to the fact that many users (especially those of Apple) have chargers in their homes.
This week we have verified that this, as many of us had, is not an isolated event; top-tier companies such as Xiaomi or Samsung have already decided not include the charger in its box, arguing the same reasons.
What about the charger?
New iPhone 12 case.
Everything comes as a result of the presentation of the iPhone 12 in 2020. These phones would be the first of the company not to come with a charger in the box, just with the cable. This decision has been transferred to other products of the Cupertino brand, such as the new Apple Watch.
This implies that, unlike what happened in each and every iPhone of previous generations, if the user wants to charge their iPhone 12 device and does not have a compatible charger, you will have to charge it using the cable. You will have to use an alternative power source such as a USB-C charger (detail that we will talk about later) or, failing that, a charging socket that is compatible with the Lightning port of the iPhone 12.
Consequently, Apple has decided to sell the charger separately and the wired headphones that until now were included in his shop. Thus, the buyer can choose one of these chargers separately. Apple kills two birds with one stone with this measure; It saves production costs and also avoids the numerous criticisms that some previous generations of iPhone have raised for including the controversial 5W charger that we all know.
Thanks to all this, Apple has been able to use fewer materials for the shipping of its boxes and will also avoid the waste of a considerable amount of technological waste. Industry personalities such as the CEO of Anker, a famous cargo accessories sales company, have made it clear that this measure would save waste of more than 300,000 tons of electronic waste.
If we want to get the official Apple charger, we will have to buy it for 25 euros. This one has a USB-C input and will charge a compatible iPhone 12 at 20W charging; other iPhone models will charge at lower speeds if they are not supported.
USB-C and USB-A
Charger and Lightning cable included with iPhone 11
Apple, faced with the controversy, has been responding to statements from its users. The most repeated argument is simple: many iPhone users they stay in the Apple ecosystem, which means that they will have a charger with a Lightning port in their homes, so it is not necessary to include a charger that they probably do not use.
We have no doubt that Apple’s environmental intentions are true; the problem of garbage and technology waste is a serious matter, and it is reasonable that Apple is anticipating a more than necessary response to climate change. The problem resides in the jacks of your chargers.
The cable that the iPhone 12 includes in its box is Lightning and USB-C, standard that Apple implemented in its iPad Pro 2018. That is, to use that cable, we will have to connect one of these ends to a USB-C port. One that, although increasingly common, is not nearly as standardized as the classic wide-format USB-A. USB-A which, in addition, It is the port used by older Apple chargers.
Here is the problem. The argument of the old chargers remains on wet paper, at the same time we remember that a user who has one of these chargers will not be able to use the cable included in the iPhone 12, since they need to connect it to a USB socket- C. If you have one, you will have to use the old cable associated with that same charger, leaving it practically useless.
This not to mention that these chargers have a ridiculous power of 5W, which will imply that not only the user will be able to take advantage of the fast charge of their phone, but that this it will be tremendously slow.
An upward trend
As prophesied, some brands are already following in Apple’s footsteps. Xiaomi has presented its new Xiaomi Mi 11, its latest Android phone that is the first of the brand in not include the charger in its box. A fact that has been criticized for the publicity taunts proffered by Xiaomi to its American antagonist.
Something very similar seems to happen with Samsung. The Korean firm also took advantage of the charger controversy to advertise the best benefits of its Galaxy phones. As of this writing, that advertising content has been deleted And the future Galaxy S21 is rumored not to include the charger for the same environmental reasons.
What I can do?
There are several avenues to take to deal with this situation. The most obvious is to buy the charger separately; In the end, it makes sense that if we are going to spend a lot of money on a phone, we do not mind spending a little more to take advantage of all its benefits. However, in this regard, we have more options in sight.
We can either choose Apple charger and take advantage of the device’s 20W load or buy a cheaper one from the competition. It is important that this have compatible fast charging technology with the iPhone. Not just any charger or any technology is worth it, so it is important to look for one with technology Power Delivery compatible with iPhone, like this.
It is especially important that we choose a quality charger And let’s not go for a cheap charger that does not have poor performance, as this could damage our new iPhone 12. These two tips apply to future mobile phones that do not include the charger in the box.
The last option is to use an old charger that we have at home, although as we have said, knowing that we will not be able to access all the charging benefits of our smartphone.