Week 17 in review: Redmi K40 Gaming, vivo V21 series and iQOO 7 go official

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In the last days of April we saw a bunch of new smartphone launches, as well as major companies release their quarterly financial reports. Sony revealed that the PlayStation is doing great, and while its mobile phone business isn’t selling much it’s still turning a profit.

We saw the Redmi K40 Gaming arrive with pop-up shoulder keys and Dimensity 1200 chipset, and the vivo V21 series went official as well. Another announcement from vivo also caught your attention – the new iQOO series is finally global, with the Snapdragon 888-powered iQOO 7 Legend particularly exciting.

Samsung also had a major announcement with four Galaxy Book laptops, while on the smartphone scene the Korean company mainly brought updates. The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21 series got camera-improving new firmwares, and Android 11 is hitting three more devices – the Galaxy M01, Galaxy A41, and the Galaxy Tab A7.

These were just some of the interesting stories during the week. Below you’ll find the full list of the most reads in the past few days.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G gets improvements to camera with the new update

It also enhances the Quick Share feature.


The Redmi K40 Gaming Edition is here with Dimensity 1200, 12GB of RAM

Redmi’s first gaming phone has everything you’d expect it to.


Samsung releases Android 11 for three more devices

It comes with One UI 3.1 and new Android patch.


Samsung unveils four Galaxy Book laptops: two with AMOLED screens, one with RTX 3050 Ti graphics

The AMOLED models are available in 13.3″ and 15.6″ sizes, both are very thin and light.


Samsung Galaxy S21 FE battery capacity leaks

If you made a guess, you can now find out whether you were right or wrong.


Nokia X50 tipped to bring 108MP camera and Snapdragon 775 chipset

It’s also expected to pack a QHD+ screen and 6,000 mAh battery.


Sony Xperia 1 III Chinese pricing revealed

The flagship is launching on May 20 in China.


Samsung Galaxy S20 series gets improvements to camera with the new update

The update also enhances the Quick Share feature and includes the May 2021 Android security patch.


Redmi K40 Gaming Edition confirmed to pack 5,000 mAh battery and 67W charging

Redmi also announced its partnership with JBL Audio.


vivo V21 series unveiled with 44MP selfie camera with OIS and LED flash

There are three models: vivo V21 and V21 5G with a Dimensity 800U and the vivo V21e with a Snapdragon 720G.


Leakster: Xiaomi will be the first to use Samsung's upcoming 200 MP sensor

Rumor has it that the sensor will be 1/1.37″ in size and will have 0.64 µm pixels with support for 4-in-1 binning.


Sony publishes full year report, PlayStation is doing great, profits from Xperia phones improving

Though that is because of a higher average selling price – the company actually sold fewer phones this year than it did the year before.


Oppo Reno5 5G in for review

90Hz AMOLED dipslay, SD765G, 65W charging, 64MP camera. What’s not to like?


Nikkei: Apple is starting mass production of the M2 chips this month using TSMC's N5P process

N5P is a refinement of TSMC’s original 5 nm process called N5, which further increases clock speeds and reduces power usage over N7.


Motorola Moto G20 official with 90Hz display and 5,000mAh battery

First sales are scheduled for later this week.


vivo iQOO 7 Legend is the company's new global flagship, iQOO 7 joins it

The company has once again launched a flagship overseas with a different chipset and cameras.


Huawei Mate 40 Pro 4G gets certified with Harmony OS 2.0

The NOH-AL00 smartphone has appeared at TENAA.


Xiaomi has shipped over 1 million Mi Smart Band 6 units worldwide

Most of those are in China since that is where the band first launched. Since then it has expanded to overseas markets.


Apple rolls out iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4

Lets you unlock the phone while wearing a mask with the Apple Watch.


Check this video of Harmony OS 2.0 running on Huawei Mate X2

The operating system looks like iOS with some Huawei apps on top.


LG reports impressive Q1 results as mobile division heads for the exit

The Korean giant scored the same low amount of sales, just KRW1 trillion.


Honor 50 Pro+ specs revealed by benchmark: 6.79

The Honor 50 series will be unveiled in May and the Pro+ will be the flagship.


Top 10 trending phones of week 16
Honor Play 20 arrives with Unisoc chipset, two cameras

The phone is pretty affordable, with a price tag starting from less than $140.


Update improves Samsung Galaxy A52's camera, Galaxy A52 5G gets April security patch

Multiple updates are rolling out for the A52 duo, but different regions are getting different features. 


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