Saturday coffee №137

We are ready to announce the winners of the last contest we held together with Moshi. Readers with the nicknames Maxim Miroshnichenko, Katalnikov, and Dart Pwned: Return of the Jedi receive Moshi gloves with touch screen capability. Congratulations and we ask the winners to write to the mail: [email protected]

Table of Contents

  • New mobile processors
  • LG is closing its mobile division?
  • Honor with Google Services
  • Xiaomi news
  • Electric crossover from Mercedes-Benz
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Week
  • …and dessert

New mobile processors

Taiwanese company MediaTek has unveiled new chipsets for smartphones Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 5G, manufactured using the norms of 6nm process technology and featuring advanced features in the field of artificial intelligence, shooting and multimedia with support for 5G. The Dimensity 1200 features an octa-core processor based on an Arm Cortex-A78 ultra-core clocked at up to 3GHz, three Arm Cortex-A78 super-cores, and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores, as well as a nine-core GPU. The Dimensity 1100 is also an octa-core processor that includes four Arm Cortex-A78 cores running at up to 2.6GHz and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores, as well as a nine-core Arm Mali-G77 GPU. The older model supports displays with a refresh rate of 168 Hz, while the younger one supports up to 144 Hz.

Are you looking for a modern ultra-secure smartphone with a capacious battery and a low price? We found it!

Yes, this week Qualcomm also announced the release of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G mobile platform, which is the successor to its flagship Snapdragon 865 Plus solution, which features increased clock speeds of the main core of the Qualcomm Kryo 585 processor to 3.2 GHz. At the same time, the new Snapdragon 870 chipset supports Qualcomm's proprietary Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology for gaming adaptation, global 5G with sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands, as well as ultra-intuitive AI.

The first product based on this chipset will be the Motorola Edge S smartphone, which Lenovo will introduce on January 26.

LG close mobile division?

LG is considering selling its mobile device division. This possibility is mentioned in the company's statement, where it emphasizes that the moment has come when it is necessary to make a decision about its future fate. In a statement, the company notes that in a highly competitive mobile market, the company's mobile division has generated $4.5 billion in losses over the past 23 quarters, none of which has been profitable. The company also emphasized in its statement that the current employees of the mobile division are not in danger, all of them will continue to work in the main staff of the company. Against the backdrop of such news, the value of LG Electronics shares rose by 12.9%, and this information was favorably received by investors.

In the niche of mobile devices, LG has recently had a rather weak position. The company has embarked on a path of experimentation with devices, but so far none of them have hit the mark and been accepted by the market. A smartphone with an additional case with a second screen, a rotator with two displays - all this looks like a show product, but not like a commercially successful device. Perhaps, and rightly so, that the company thought about closing the mobile division. Yes, the market lacks bold and original solutions, but they are interesting only in terms of study, but, alas, they cannot bring profit.

We have published a separate article on this topic, read:

LG is shutting down its smartphone business? — android.mobile-review.com

Will you be sad? Understanding the situation…

Honor with Google Services

After Huawei sold its Honor brand to a consortium of Chinese investors and Honor gained independence, there are no barriers to cooperation with Google. It became known that the new models of the Honor brand planned for release will receive Google services this spring and will lose the AppGallery application store from Huawei. Previously released smartphones will retain the AppGallery app store.

It’s even interesting whether the “new” Honor will be able to lift sanctions and break into the smartphone market again in the spring. If indeed there are no restrictions on the company and it can again cooperate with Google, then the market will obviously revive, since Honor's products should be interesting, although apart from Huawei, they probably will not be so affordable anymore.

And we have published material on Honor laptops this week, read:

Review-comparison Honor MagicBook 14 and 15: the best devices for work and study

High-quality laptops from the Honor brand: good looks, good performance, compact dimensions and light weight.

Xiaomi news

In December 2020, Xiaomi announced the release of the MIUI 12.5 skin, which should be lighter, faster and more convenient than MIUI 12. Now Xiaomi has published a list of 28 models that will be the first to receive the update. The list includes flagship and mid-range models from Xiaomi and Redmi brands. The update will first be released to users in China, and will later be made available to global devices. According to the developers, in MIUI 12.5, a lot of work has been done to optimize the power consumption and memory consumption of applications. Also, in the latest version of the shell, work with gestures will be improved and the response time of the interface will be accelerated. The developers claim that with the new rendering system, the performance of the interface will increase by 20 times compared to previous versions of the shell. A schedule for the release of the MIUI 12.5 update with exact dates has not yet been presented.

Let's wait for MIUI 12.5, which, in theory, should work even better than the 12th version, although, to be honest, I don’t suffer too much with the latest on Mi 10 Pro.

And also Xiaomi announced the launch of two of its new ecosystem devices on the Russian market - a compact portable vacuum cleaner Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini and a home video camera Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro.

The Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini compact cordless vacuum cleaner has a brushless AC motor with a maximum power of 30 W, which reaches 88,000 rpm and provides a suction power of 13,000 Pa. The device has a 3000 mAh battery, which is charged via USB Type-C interface and guarantees up to 30 minutes of battery life of the vacuum cleaner.

The new Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro shoots in 2K resolution and has improved security features. Among them is the ability to automatically recognize the silhouette of a person and start shooting by sending a notification to the owner on the smartphone. This camera is also equipped with a dual microphone with noise reduction and is capable of working in 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks.

You can buy Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini for 3,990 rubles, and Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro for 4,190 rubles.

It is interesting to look at the Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini and compare it with a similar device from Baseus, which I have already talked about:

Mobile-review.com Selection of Baseus car accessories

A small selection of car accessories from the young Chinese brand Baseus. Today we have a compact vacuum cleaner, a holder with built-in wireless charging and a cleaning kit

By the way, last week we released a review of an accessory that would fit perfectly into the Xiaomi ecosystem, but, surprisingly, Samsung released and brought it to Russia, and we are talking about a portable ultraviolet sterilizer:

Samsung portable UV sterilizer - for smartphones and more

An ultraviolet sterilizer is an indispensable thing for the economy of the pandemic era - how it works, how successful the model is and what to expect.

Since I mentioned Samsung, it’s worth saying that we published two articles this week with ten reasons to buy and not buy the flagship smartphone Galaxy S21 Ultra, which will go on sale soon:

Ten reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Ten reasons that may influence your desire to buy the Galaxy S21 Ultra, reasons for this device.

Ten reasons not to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Ten reasons that might stop you from buying the flagship S21 Ultra. We understand the negative aspects of the device.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Electric crossover from Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the EQA compact electric crossover, which will go on sale in the European market this spring. The electric vehicle will have a range of 486 km under the European NEDC driving cycle and 426 km under the WLTP cycle. The car will receive a 66.5 kWh battery and a 140 kW (190 hp) electric motor with front axle drive. In the European market, the EQA 250 model will be available at a price of 47,540 € (4.3 million rubles). Later, Mercedes-Benz promises to release an all-wheel drive version of the car, a version with a 200 kW electric motor, as well as a modification with a power reserve of more than 500 km according to the WLTP standard.

Apparently, in order to control energy consumption and sell other modifications in the future, the Germans slightly limited the dynamic characteristics of the EQA 250, so the electric car accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 160 km/h.

By the way, note that Mercedes-Benz did not turn the EQA into some fantastic car like Tesla, but followed the path of Audi, making the electric crossover look like its regular GLA crossover on the outside and inside, only with small details inherent in "Electric trains" EQ. And what approach in creating electric vehicles is more attractive to you - so that they differ from everyone else, in the spirit of Tesla, or are they as similar as possible to their counterparts with internal combustion engines?

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Week

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for Nintendo Switch, produced by Koei Tecmo with support from Nintendo, is a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, set 100 years before Breath of the Wild. Despite the fact that the action of the new game takes place in the universe of The Legend of Zelda, the genre of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is classified as musou. The genre is quite specific, in which one or more heroes fight hundreds and thousands of enemies, which requires the player to actively press buttons, while also choosing combinations for special attacks.

The style of the game is completely in the spirit of the original, and, unlike some other musou games, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity even has a storyline. But constantly destroying enemies right and left is such a thing, a little for an amateur, and after a couple of dozen large-scale battles, I just put off Switch, as some monotony in the genre is starting to get boring. Plus, in mass battles, fps drops are sometimes noticeable, which, of course, affects the perception, especially if you are not a fan of the genre. On the other hand, Age of Calamity as a variety is quite worthy of attention, yet sometimes it turns out to be even nice to actively press the keys, especially in the world and with the characters of The Legend of Zelda.

If you like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, don't rush to get Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, try the demo first so you won't be disappointed later. And also it is worth saying that the game is not translated into Russian, and this applies not only to voice acting, but also to subtitles.

…and dessert

Capcom has revealed a new trailer for Resident Evil Village, which is scheduled to release on May 7, 2021.

Mobile-review.com Saturday coffee №136

Pour a cup of fragrant Saturday coffee and get acquainted with the news of the week. Xiaomi is blacklisted in the US, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S21 line, TP-Link crossed Mesh with a smart speaker, and Hyundai showed a piece of IONIQ 5

Mobile-review.com Saturday coffee #135 with New Year gifts

The final issue of "Coffee" in the outgoing 2020 with New Year's gifts to readers and, of course, the news of the week. SberPortal is already on sale, new Apple Car rumors, Xiaomi sale and the most touching ad of the year

Mobile-review.com Saturday coffee #134 with New Year's gift

Pour yourself a cup of invigorating Saturday coffee and check out the news of the week. Huawei introduced the beta version of HarmonyOS 2.0, POCO M3 came to Russia, Yandex named the most popular words of the year, and Mazda announced prices for the CX-30

Saturday coffee №137

We are ready to announce the winners of the last contest we held together with Moshi. Readers with the nicknames Maxim Miroshnichenko, Katalnikov, and Dart Pwned: Return of the Jedi receive Moshi gloves with touch screen capability. Congratulations and we ask the winners to write to the mail: [email protected]

Table of Contents

  • New mobile processors
  • LG is closing its mobile division?
  • Honor with Google Services
  • Xiaomi news
  • Electric crossover from Mercedes-Benz
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Week
  • …and dessert

New mobile processors

Taiwanese company MediaTek has unveiled new chipsets for smartphones Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 5G, manufactured using the norms of 6nm process technology and featuring advanced features in the field of artificial intelligence, shooting and multimedia with support for 5G. The Dimensity 1200 features an octa-core processor based on an Arm Cortex-A78 ultra-core clocked at up to 3GHz, three Arm Cortex-A78 super-cores, and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores, as well as a nine-core GPU. The Dimensity 1100 is also an octa-core processor that includes four Arm Cortex-A78 cores running at up to 2.6GHz and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores, as well as a nine-core Arm Mali-G77 GPU. The older model supports displays with a refresh rate of 168 Hz, while the younger one supports up to 144 Hz.

The first devices with the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and 1100 chipsets are expected to hit the market at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter of this year. The Chinese company realme has already announced that it will be one of the first to launch a flagship smartphone on the Dimensity 1200 in 2021. Speaking of realme, the company said this week that, according to a new Counterpoint report, in the third quarter of 2020 it entered the top -10 global manufacturers of wearable devices, occupying 2% of the TWS (true wireless stereo hearables and smartwatches) market.

On paper, the new MediaTek chipsets look good, but you need to test the products to understand how they will work in real conditions. I don't think that MediaTek will be able to take a significant market share from Qualcomm in the upper price segment, but in the middle and lower end products based on Dimensity chipsets will be in demand.

And last week we released a review of the F150 B2021 rugged smartphone, which also runs on the MediaTek chipset, though not on the latest, but on last year's Helio G25:

Review of the mysterious secure smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

Are you looking for a modern ultra-secure smartphone with a capacious battery and a low price? We found it!

Yes, this week Qualcomm also announced the release of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G mobile platform, which is the successor to its flagship Snapdragon 865 Plus solution, which features increased clock speeds of the main core of the Qualcomm Kryo 585 processor to 3.2 GHz. At the same time, the new Snapdragon 870 chipset supports Qualcomm's proprietary Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology for gaming adaptation, global 5G with sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands, as well as ultra-intuitive AI.

The first product based on this chipset will be the Motorola Edge S smartphone, which Lenovo will introduce on January 26.

LG close mobile division?

LG is considering selling its mobile device division. This possibility is mentioned in the company's statement, where it emphasizes that the moment has come when it is necessary to make a decision about its future fate. In a statement, the company notes that in a highly competitive mobile market, the company's mobile division has generated $4.5 billion in losses over the past 23 quarters, none of which has been profitable. The company also emphasized in its statement that the current employees of the mobile division are not in danger, all of them will continue to work in the main staff of the company. Against the backdrop of such news, the value of LG Electronics shares rose by 12.9%, and this information was favorably received by investors.

In the niche of mobile devices, LG has recently had a rather weak position. The company has embarked on a path of experimentation with devices, but so far none of them have hit the mark and been accepted by the market. A smartphone with an additional case with a second screen, a rotator with two displays - all this looks like a show product, but not like a commercially successful device. Perhaps, and rightly so, that the company thought about closing the mobile division. Yes, the market lacks bold and original solutions, but they are interesting only in terms of study, but, alas, they cannot bring profit.

We have published a separate article on this topic, read:

LG is shutting down its smartphone business? — android.mobile-review.com

Will you be sad? Understanding the situation…

Honor with Google Services

After Huawei sold its Honor brand to a consortium of Chinese investors and Honor gained independence, there are no barriers to cooperation with Google. It became known that the new models of the Honor brand planned for release will receive Google services this spring and will lose the AppGallery application store from Huawei. Previously released smartphones will retain the AppGallery app store.

It’s even interesting whether the “new” Honor will be able to lift sanctions and break into the smartphone market again in the spring. If indeed there are no restrictions on the company and it can again cooperate with Google, then the market will obviously revive, since Honor's products should be interesting, although apart from Huawei, they probably will not be so affordable anymore.

And we have published a material on Honor laptops this week, read:

Review-comparison Honor MagicBook 14 and 15: the best devices for work and study

High-quality laptops from the Honor brand: good looks, good performance, compact dimensions and light weight.

Xiaomi news

In December 2020, Xiaomi announced the release of MIUI 12.5 skin, which should be lighter, faster and more convenient than MIUI 12. Now Xiaomi has published a list of 28 models that will be the first to receive the update. The list includes flagship and mid-range models from Xiaomi and Redmi brands. The update will first be released to users in China, and will later be made available to global devices. According to the developers, in MIUI 12.5, a lot of work has been done to optimize the power consumption and memory consumption of applications. Also in the latest version of the shell, work with gestures will be improved and the response time of the interface will be accelerated. The developers claim that with the new rendering system, the performance of the interface will increase by 20 times compared to previous versions of the shell. A schedule for the release of the MIUI 12.5 update with exact dates has not yet been presented.

Let's wait for MIUI 12.5, which, in theory, should work even better than the 12th version, although, to be honest, I don’t suffer too much with the latest on Mi 10 Pro.

And also Xiaomi announced the launch of two of its new ecosystem devices on the Russian market - a compact portable vacuum cleaner Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini and a home video camera Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro.

The Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini compact cordless vacuum cleaner has a brushless AC motor with a maximum power of 30 W, which reaches 88,000 rpm and provides a suction power of 13,000 Pa. The device has a 3000 mAh battery, which is charged via USB Type-C interface and guarantees up to 30 minutes of battery life of the vacuum cleaner.

The new Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro shoots in 2K resolution and has improved security features. Among them is the ability to automatically recognize the silhouette of a person and start shooting by sending a notification to the owner on the smartphone. This camera is also equipped with a dual microphone with noise reduction and is capable of working in 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks.

You can buy Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini for 3,990 rubles, and Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro for 4,190 rubles.

It is interesting to look at the Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini and compare it with a similar device from Baseus, which I have already talked about:

Mobile-review.com Selection of Baseus car accessories

A small selection of car accessories from the young Chinese brand Baseus. Today we have a compact vacuum cleaner, a holder with built-in wireless charging and a cleaning kit

By the way, last week we released a review of an accessory that would fit perfectly into the Xiaomi ecosystem, but, surprisingly, Samsung released and brought it to Russia, and we are talking about a portable ultraviolet sterilizer:

Samsung portable UV sterilizer - for smartphones and more

An ultraviolet sterilizer is an indispensable thing for the economy of the pandemic era - how it works, how successful the model is and what to expect.

Since I mentioned Samsung, it’s worth saying that we published two articles this week with ten reasons to buy and not buy the flagship smartphone Galaxy S21 Ultra, which will go on sale soon:

Ten reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Ten reasons that may influence your desire to buy the Galaxy S21 Ultra, reasons for this device.

Ten reasons not to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Ten reasons that might stop you from buying the flagship S21 Ultra. We understand the negative aspects of the device.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Electric crossover from Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the EQA compact electric crossover, which will go on sale in the European market this spring. The electric vehicle will have a range of 486 km under the European NEDC driving cycle and 426 km under the WLTP cycle. The car will receive a 66.5 kWh battery and a 140 kW (190 hp) electric motor with front axle drive. In the European market, the EQA 250 model will be available at a price of 47,540 € (4.3 million rubles). Later, Mercedes-Benz promises to release an all-wheel drive version of the car, a version with a 200 kW electric motor, as well as a modification with a power reserve of more than 500 km according to the WLTP standard.

Apparently, in order to control energy consumption and sell other modifications in the future, the Germans slightly limited the dynamic characteristics of the EQA 250, so the electric car accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 160 km/h.

By the way, note that Mercedes-Benz did not turn the EQA into some fantastic car like Tesla, but followed the path of Audi, making the electric crossover look like its regular GLA crossover on the outside and inside, only with small details inherent in "Electric trains" EQ. And what approach in creating electric vehicles is more attractive to you - so that they differ from everyone else, in the spirit of Tesla, or are they as similar as possible to their counterparts with internal combustion engines?

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Week

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for Nintendo Switch, produced by Koei Tecmo with the support of Nintendo, is a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, set 100 years before Breath of the Wild. Despite the fact that the action of the new game takes place in the universe of The Legend of Zelda, the genre of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is classified as musou. The genre is quite specific, in which one or more heroes fight hundreds and thousands of enemies, which requires the player to actively press buttons, while also choosing combinations for special attacks.

The style of the game is completely in the spirit of the original, and, unlike some other musou games, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity even has a storyline. But constantly destroying enemies right and left is such a thing, a little for an amateur, and after a couple of dozen large-scale battles, I just put off Switch, as some monotony in the genre is starting to get boring. Plus, in mass battles, fps drops are sometimes noticeable, which, of course, affects the perception, especially if you are not a fan of the genre. On the other hand, Age of Calamity as a variety is quite worthy of attention, yet sometimes it turns out to be even nice to actively press the keys, especially in the world and with the characters of The Legend of Zelda.

If you like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, don't rush to get Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, try the demo first so you won't be disappointed later. And also it is worth saying that the game is not translated into Russian, and this applies not only to voice acting, but also to subtitles.

…and dessert

Capcom has revealed a new trailer for Resident Evil Village, which is scheduled to release on May 7, 2021.

Mobile-review.com Saturday coffee №136

Pour a cup of fragrant Saturday coffee and get acquainted with the news of the week. Xiaomi is blacklisted in the US, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S21 line, TP-Link crossed Mesh with a smart speaker, and Hyundai showed a piece of IONIQ 5

Mobile-review.com Saturday coffee #135 with New Year gifts

The final issue of "Coffee" in the outgoing 2020 with New Year's gifts to readers and, of course, the news of the week. SberPortal is already on sale, new Apple Car rumors, Xiaomi sale and the most touching ad of the year

Mobile-review.com Saturday coffee #134 with New Year's gift

Pour yourself a cup of invigorating Saturday coffee and check out the news of the week. Huawei introduced the beta version of HarmonyOS 2.0, POCO M3 came to Russia, Yandex named the most popular words of the year, and Mazda announced prices for the CX-30

Saturday coffee №137

We are ready to announce the winners of the last contest we held together with Moshi. Readers with the nicknames Maxim Miroshnichenko, Katalnikov, and Dart Pwned: Return of the Jedi receive Moshi gloves with touch screen capability. Congratulations and we ask the winners to write to the mail: [email protected]

Table of Contents

  • New mobile processors
  • LG is closing its mobile division?
  • Honor with Google Services
  • Xiaomi news
  • Electric crossover from Mercedes-Benz
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Week
  • …and dessert

New mobile processors

Taiwanese company MediaTek has unveiled new chipsets for smartphones Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 5G, manufactured using the norms of 6nm process technology and featuring advanced features in the field of artificial intelligence, shooting and multimedia with support for 5G. The Dimensity 1200 features an octa-core processor based on an Arm Cortex-A78 ultra-core clocked at up to 3GHz, three Arm Cortex-A78 super-cores, and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores, as well as a nine-core GPU. The Dimensity 1100 is also an octa-core processor that includes four Arm Cortex-A78 cores running at up to 2.6GHz and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores, as well as a nine-core Arm Mali-G77 GPU. The older model supports displays with a refresh rate of 168 Hz, while the younger one supports up to 144 Hz.

The first devices with the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and 1100 chipsets are expected to hit the market at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter of this year. The Chinese company realme has already announced that it will be one of the first to launch a flagship smartphone on the Dimensity 1200 in 2021. Speaking of realme, the company said this week that, according to a new Counterpoint report, in the third quarter of 2020 it entered the top -10 global manufacturers of wearable devices, occupying 2% of the TWS (true wireless stereo hearables and smartwatches) market.

On paper, the new MediaTek chipsets look good, but you need to test the products to understand how they will work in real conditions. I don't think that MediaTek will be able to take a significant market share from Qualcomm in the upper price segment, but in the middle and lower end products based on Dimensity chipsets will be in demand.

And last week we released a review of the F150 B2021 rugged smartphone, which also runs on the MediaTek chipset, though not on the latest, but on last year's Helio G25:

Review of the mysterious secure smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

Are you looking for a modern ultra-secure smartphone with a capacious battery and a low price? We found it!

Yes, this week Qualcomm also announced the release of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G mobile platform, which is the successor to its flagship Snapdragon 865 Plus solution, which features increased clock speeds of the main core of the Qualcomm Kryo 585 processor to 3.2 GHz. At the same time, the new Snapdragon 870 chipset supports Qualcomm's proprietary Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology for gaming adaptation, global 5G with sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands, as well as ultra-intuitive AI.

The first product based on this chipset will be the Motorola Edge S smartphone, which Lenovo will introduce on January 26.

LG close mobile division?

LG is considering selling its mobile device division. This possibility is mentioned in the company's statement, where it emphasizes that the moment has come when it is necessary to make a decision about its future fate. In a statement, the company notes that in a highly competitive mobile market, the company's mobile division has generated $4.5 billion in losses over the past 23 quarters, none of which has been profitable. The company also emphasized in its statement that the current employees of the mobile division are not in danger, all of them will continue to work in the main staff of the company. Against the backdrop of such news, the value of LG Electronics shares rose by 12.9%, and this information was favorably received by investors.

In the niche of mobile devices, LG has recently had a rather weak position. The company has embarked on a path of experimentation with devices, but so far none of them have hit the mark and been accepted by the market. A smartphone with an additional case with a second screen, a rotator with two displays - all this looks like a show product, but not like a commercially successful device. Perhaps, and rightly so, that the company is thinking about closing the mobile division. Yes, the market lacks bold and original solutions, but they are interesting only in terms of study, but, alas, they cannot bring profit.

We have published a separate article on this topic, read:

LG is shutting down its smartphone business? — android.mobile-review.com

Will you be sad? Understanding the situation…

Honor with Google Services

After Huawei sold its Honor brand to a consortium of Chinese investors and Honor gained independence, there are no barriers to cooperation with Google. It became known that the new models of the Honor brand planned for release will receive Google services this spring and will lose the AppGallery application store from Huawei. Previously released smartphones will retain the AppGallery app store.

It’s even interesting whether the “new” Honor will be able to lift sanctions and break into the smartphone market again in the spring. If indeed there are no restrictions on the company and it can again cooperate with Google, then the market will obviously revive, since Honor's products should be interesting, although apart from Huawei, they probably will not be so affordable anymore.

And we have published material on Honor laptops this week, read:

Review-comparison Honor MagicBook 14 and 15: the best devices for work and study

High-quality laptops from the Honor brand: good looks, good performance, compact dimensions and light weight.

Xiaomi news

In December 2020, Xiaomi announced the release of the MIUI 12.5 skin, which should be lighter, faster and more convenient than MIUI 12. Now Xiaomi has published a list of 28 models that will be the first to receive the update. The list includes flagship and mid-range models from Xiaomi and Redmi brands. The update will first be released to users in China, and will later be made available to global devices. According to the developers, in MIUI 12.5, a lot of work has been done to optimize the power consumption and memory consumption of applications. Also, in the latest version of the shell, work with gestures will be improved and the response time of the interface will be accelerated. The developers claim that with the new rendering system, the performance of the interface will increase by 20 times compared to previous versions of the shell. A schedule for the release of the MIUI 12.5 update with exact dates has not yet been presented.

Let's wait for MIUI 12.5, which, in theory, should work even better than the 12th version, although, to be honest, I don’t suffer too much with the latest on Mi 10 Pro.

And also Xiaomi announced the launch of two of its new ecosystem devices on the Russian market - a compact portable vacuum cleaner Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini and a home video camera Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro.

The Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini compact cordless vacuum cleaner has a brushless AC motor with a maximum power of 30 W, which reaches 88,000 rpm and provides a suction power of 13,000 Pa. The device has a 3000 mAh battery, which is charged via USB Type-C interface and guarantees up to 30 minutes of battery life of the vacuum cleaner.

The new Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro shoots in 2K resolution and has improved security features. Among them is the ability to automatically recognize the silhouette of a person and start shooting by sending a notification to the owner on the smartphone. This camera is also equipped with a dual microphone with noise reduction and is capable of working in 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks.

You can buy Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini for 3,990 rubles, and Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro for 4,190 rubles.

It is interesting to look at the Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini and compare it with a similar device from Baseus, which I have already talked about:

Mobile-review.com Selection of Baseus car accessories

A small selection of car accessories from the young Chinese brand Baseus. Today we have a compact vacuum cleaner, a holder with built-in wireless charging and a cleaning kit

By the way, last week we released a review of an accessory that would fit perfectly into the Xiaomi ecosystem, but, surprisingly, Samsung released and brought it to Russia, and we are talking about a portable ultraviolet sterilizer:

Samsung portable UV sterilizer - for smartphones and more

An ultraviolet sterilizer is an indispensable thing for the economy of the pandemic era - how it works, how successful the model is and what to expect.

Since I mentioned Samsung, it’s worth saying that we published two articles this week with ten reasons to buy and not buy the flagship smartphone Galaxy S21 Ultra, which will go on sale soon:

Ten reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Ten reasons that may influence your desire to buy the Galaxy S21 Ultra, reasons for this device.

Ten reasons not to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Ten reasons that might stop you from buying the flagship S21 Ultra. We understand the negative aspects of the device.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Electric crossover from Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the EQA compact electric crossover, which will go on sale in the European market this spring. The electric vehicle will have a range of 486 km under the European NEDC driving cycle and 426 km under the WLTP cycle. The car will receive a 66.5 kWh battery and a 140 kW (190 hp) electric motor with front axle drive. In the European market, the EQA 250 model will be available at a price of 47,540 € (4.3 million rubles). Later, Mercedes-Benz promises to release an all-wheel drive version of the car, a version with a 200 kW electric motor, as well as a modification with a power reserve of more than 500 km according to the WLTP standard.

Apparently, in order to control energy consumption and sell other modifications in the future, the Germans slightly limited the dynamic characteristics of the EQA 250, so the electric car accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 160 km/h.

By the way, note that Mercedes-Benz did not turn the EQA into some fantastic car like Tesla, but followed the path of Audi, making the electric crossover look like its regular GLA crossover on the outside and inside, only with small details inherent in "Electric trains" EQ. And what approach in creating electric vehicles is more attractive to you - so that they differ from everyone else, in the spirit of Tesla, or are they as similar as possible to their counterparts with internal combustion engines?

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Week

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for Nintendo Switch, produced by Koei Tecmo with the support of Nintendo, is a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, set 100 years before Breath of the Wild. Despite the fact that the action of the new game takes place in the universe of The Legend of Zelda, the genre of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is classified as musou. The genre is quite specific, in which one or more heroes fight hundreds and thousands of enemies, which requires the player to actively press buttons, while also choosing combinations for special attacks.

The style of the game is completely in the spirit of the original, and, unlike some other musou games, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity even has a storyline. But constantly destroying enemies right and left is such a thing, a little for an amateur, and after a couple of dozen large-scale battles, I just put off Switch, as some monotony in the genre is starting to get boring. Plus, in mass battles, fps drops are sometimes noticeable, which, of course, affects the perception, especially if you are not a fan of the genre. On the other hand, Age of Calamity as a variety is quite worthy of attention, yet sometimes it turns out to be even nice to actively press the keys, especially in the world and with the characters of The Legend of Zelda.

If you like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, don't rush to get Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, try the demo first so you won't be disappointed later. And also it is worth saying that the game is not translated into Russian, and this applies not only to voice acting, but also to subtitles.

…and dessert

Capcom has revealed a new trailer for Resident Evil Village, which is scheduled to release on May 7, 2021.

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Saturday coffee №137

We are ready to announce the winners of the last contest we held together with Moshi. Readers with the nicknames Maxim Miroshnichenko, Katalnikov, and Dart Pwned: Return of the Jedi receive Moshi gloves with touch screen capability. Congratulations and we ask the winners to write to the mail: [email protected]

Table of Contents

  • New mobile processors
  • LG is closing its mobile division?
  • Honor with Google Services
  • Xiaomi news
  • Electric crossover from Mercedes-Benz
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Week
  • …and dessert

New mobile processors

Taiwanese company MediaTek has unveiled new chipsets for smartphones Dimensity 1200 and Dimensity 1100 5G, manufactured using the norms of 6nm process technology and featuring advanced features in the field of artificial intelligence, shooting and multimedia with support for 5G. The Dimensity 1200 features an octa-core processor based on an Arm Cortex-A78 ultra-core clocked at up to 3GHz, three Arm Cortex-A78 super-cores, and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores, as well as a nine-core GPU. The Dimensity 1100 is also an octa-core processor that includes four Arm Cortex-A78 cores running at up to 2.6GHz and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores, as well as a nine-core Arm Mali-G77 GPU. The older model supports displays with a refresh rate of 168 Hz, while the younger one supports up to 144 Hz.

The first devices with the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and 1100 chipsets are expected to hit the market at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter of this year. The Chinese company realme has already announced that it will be one of the first to launch a flagship smartphone on the Dimensity 1200 in 2021. Speaking of realme, the company said this week that, according to a new Counterpoint report, in the third quarter of 2020 it entered the top -10 global manufacturers of wearable devices, occupying 2% of the TWS (true wireless stereo hearables and smartwatches) market.

On paper, the new MediaTek chipsets look good, but you need to test the products to understand how they will work in real conditions. I don't think that MediaTek will be able to take a significant market share from Qualcomm in the upper price segment, but in the middle and lower end products based on Dimensity chipsets will be in demand.

And last week we released a review of the F150 B2021 rugged smartphone, which also runs on the MediaTek chipset, though not on the latest, but on last year's Helio G25:

Review of the mysterious secure smartphone F150 B2021 - this "bison" is definitely too tough for you!

Are you looking for a modern ultra-secure smartphone with a capacious battery and a low price? We found it!

Yes, this week Qualcomm also announced the release of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G mobile platform, which is the successor to its flagship Snapdragon 865 Plus solution, which features increased clock speeds of the main core of the Qualcomm Kryo 585 processor to 3.2 GHz. At the same time, the new Snapdragon 870 chipset supports Qualcomm's proprietary Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology for gaming adaptation, global 5G with sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands, as well as ultra-intuitive AI.

The first product based on this chipset will be the Motorola Edge S smartphone, which Lenovo will introduce on January 26.

LG close mobile division?

LG is considering selling its mobile device division. This possibility is mentioned in the company's statement, where it emphasizes that the moment has come when it is necessary to make a decision about its future fate. In a statement, the company notes that in a highly competitive mobile market, the company's mobile division has generated $4.5 billion in losses over the past 23 quarters, none of which has been profitable. The company also emphasized in its statement that the current employees of the mobile division are not in danger, all of them will continue to work in the main staff of the company. Against the backdrop of such news, the value of LG Electronics shares rose by 12.9%, and this information was favorably received by investors.

In the niche of mobile devices, LG has recently had a rather weak position. The company has embarked on a path of experimentation with devices, but so far none of them have hit the mark and been accepted by the market. A smartphone with an additional case with a second screen, a rotator with two displays - all this looks like a show product, but not like a commercially successful device. Perhaps, and rightly so, that the company thought about closing the mobile division. Yes, the market lacks bold and original solutions, but they are interesting only in terms of study, but, alas, they cannot bring profit.

We have published a separate article on this topic, read:

LG is shutting down its smartphone business? — android.mobile-review.com

Will you be sad? Understanding the situation…

Honor with Google Services

After Huawei sold its Honor brand to a consortium of Chinese investors and Honor gained independence, there are no barriers to cooperation with Google. It became known that the new models of the Honor brand planned for release will receive Google services this spring and will lose the AppGallery application store from Huawei. Previously released smartphones will retain the AppGallery app store.

It’s even interesting whether the “new” Honor will be able to lift sanctions and break into the smartphone market again in the spring. If indeed there are no restrictions on the company and it can again cooperate with Google, then the market will obviously revive, since Honor's products should be interesting, although apart from Huawei, they probably will not be so affordable anymore.

And we have published material on Honor laptops this week, read:

Review-comparison Honor MagicBook 14 and 15: the best devices for work and study

High-quality laptops from the Honor brand: good looks, good performance, compact dimensions and light weight.

Xiaomi news

In December 2020, Xiaomi announced the release of the MIUI 12.5 skin, which should be lighter, faster and more convenient than MIUI 12. Now Xiaomi has published a list of 28 models that will be the first to receive the update. The list includes flagship and mid-range models from Xiaomi and Redmi brands. The update will first be released to users in China, and will later be made available to global devices. According to the developers, in MIUI 12.5, a lot of work has been done to optimize the power consumption and memory consumption of applications. Also, in the latest version of the shell, work with gestures will be improved and the response time of the interface will be accelerated. The developers claim that with the new rendering system, the performance of the interface will increase by 20 times compared to previous versions of the shell. A schedule for the release of the MIUI 12.5 update with exact dates has not yet been presented.

Let's wait for MIUI 12.5, which, in theory, should work even better than the 12th version, although, to be honest, I don’t suffer too much with the latest on Mi 10 Pro.

And also Xiaomi announced the launch of two of its new ecosystem devices on the Russian market - a compact portable vacuum cleaner Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini and a home video camera Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro.

The Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini compact cordless vacuum cleaner has a brushless AC motor with a maximum power of 30 W, which reaches 88,000 rpm and provides a suction power of 13,000 Pa. The device has a 3000 mAh battery, which is charged via USB Type-C interface and guarantees up to 30 minutes of battery life of the vacuum cleaner.

The new Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro shoots in 2K resolution and has improved security features. Among them is the ability to automatically recognize the silhouette of a person and start shooting by sending a notification to the owner on the smartphone. This camera is also equipped with a dual microphone with noise reduction and is capable of working in 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks.

You can buy Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini for 3,990 rubles, and Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro for 4,190 rubles.

It is interesting to look at the Mi Vacuum Cleaner Mini and compare it with a similar device from Baseus, which I have already talked about:

Mobile-review.com Selection of Baseus car accessories

A small selection of car accessories from the young Chinese brand Baseus. Today we have a compact vacuum cleaner, a holder with built-in wireless charging and a cleaning kit

By the way, last week we released a review of an accessory that would fit perfectly into the Xiaomi ecosystem, but, surprisingly, Samsung released and brought it to Russia, and we are talking about a portable ultraviolet sterilizer:

Samsung portable UV sterilizer - for smartphones and more

An ultraviolet sterilizer is an indispensable thing for the economy of the pandemic era - how it works, how successful the model is and what to expect.

Since I mentioned Samsung, it’s worth saying that we published two articles this week with ten reasons to buy and not buy the flagship smartphone Galaxy S21 Ultra, which will go on sale soon:

Ten reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Ten reasons that may influence your desire to buy the Galaxy S21 Ultra, reasons for this device.

Ten reasons not to buy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Ten reasons that might stop you from buying the flagship S21 Ultra. We understand the negative aspects of the device.

Reality and prospects of the IT professions market

What professions are the most popular and highly paid?

Review of the smartphone Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G (SM A226B/DSN)

A niche smartphone with 5G support for minimal money - it's not even on the Samsung website, but it's sold in Russia. Compare with Galaxy A22 - is it worth the money?

Kia Picanto test. The last of the city cars

Somehow imperceptibly, almost all compact city cars left Russia, which replaced compact class sedans and liftbacks like Hyundai Solaris and Skoda Rapid. There are always two real city cars left on our market, this is the hero of our material Kia Picanto and Chevrolet Spark, along with its counterpart under the Ravon brand.

TCL TW30 MoveAudio S600 TWS headphones review

Any decent smartphone manufacturer is bound to offer their own TWS headset with them. So TCL introduced in December on the Russian market not only a flagship smartphone, but also a flagship headset. Let's see what happened ...

Electric crossover from Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the EQA compact electric crossover, which will go on sale in the European market this spring. The electric vehicle will have a range of 486 km under the European NEDC driving cycle and 426 km under the WLTP cycle. The car will receive a 66.5 kWh battery and a 140 kW (190 hp) electric motor with front axle drive. In the European market, the EQA 250 model will be available at a price of 47,540 € (4.3 million rubles). Later, Mercedes-Benz promises to release an all-wheel drive version of the car, a version with a 200 kW electric motor, as well as a modification with a power reserve of more than 500 km according to the WLTP standard.

Apparently, in order to control energy consumption and sell other modifications in the future, the Germans slightly limited the dynamic characteristics of the EQA 250, so the electric car accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 160 km/h.

By the way, note that Mercedes-Benz did not turn the EQA into some fantastic car like Tesla, but followed the path of Audi, making the electric crossover look like its regular GLA crossover on the outside and inside, only with small details inherent in "Electric trains" EQ. And what approach in creating electric vehicles is more attractive to you - so that they differ from everyone else, in the spirit of Tesla, or are they as similar as possible to their counterparts with internal combustion engines?

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Week

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for Nintendo Switch, produced by Koei Tecmo with the support of Nintendo, is a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, set 100 years before Breath of the Wild. Despite the fact that the action of the new game takes place in the universe of The Legend of Zelda, the genre of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is classified as musou. The genre is quite specific, in which one or more heroes fight hundreds and thousands of enemies, which requires the player to actively press buttons, while also choosing combinations for special attacks.

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