5 Top News From The Tech World Over The Past Week

From the design of the new Macbook Air and Pixel 6 to the Chinese rover on Mars.

Last week brought us a lot of news from the world of technology: from new smartphones to space achievements. Here are stories that should not be missed.

 

Apple prepares bright MacBook Air in the style of the new iMac

Apple prepares bright MacBook Air in the style of the new iMac

According to the famous insider John Prosser, Apple plans to release an updated MacBook Air in seven colors with white frames and a keyboard.

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Judging by the renders used in the video, the novelty will get a flat thin body, and between keyboard keys, the distance is greater than in the current model (but this can be a feature of the image). In addition, the top row of functional keys is increased: the size of these buttons will be the same as the keys with letters. The enlarged keyboard may reduce the size of the touchpad.

Prosser claims that the size and shape of the case are known fairly accurately (and they do not correspond to the information he has about the MacBook Pro). Still, he has no information about the display, so the size of the frame may be inaccurate. But they will definitely be white – as well as the keyboard. There will be two USB-C ports again, so don’t take your hubs away.

His source claims to have personally seen the blue and mint laptops (The Prosser himself was able to get a photo only blue), but in the production of seven models that are either close or identical in shades of the new iMac. The author was also unable to confirm whether the MagSafe charge would be returned to MacBook Air, so theoretically, it could be located next to one of the USB-C.

Four rubberized legs on the bottom will be replaced by a pair of stripes – also white, which may not be the best idea for a device that is planned to be used outside the home.

As for the release dates, the author claims that if the updated MacBook Air and go on sale in 2021, it will happen only at the end of the year.

Logically, Apple will make budget laptops look like current budget monoblocks. Prosser’s words give credence to the fact that he reported on the multicolored iMac two months before the announcement. However, the information is not official, and any such statements should be taken with sound skepticism.

 

ASUS unveils compact flagship zenFone 8 and zenFone 8 Flip with a rotary camera

asus zenfone 8

ASUS has officially revealed the new flagship smartphones of the zenFone 8 and the zenFone 8 Flip. And if the second is the direct heir to last year’s zenFone 7 and 7 Pro, the usual “eight” is an unexpected return to a more classic and practical design without turning elements.

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ZenFone 8 Flip

The smartphone was equipped with a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with 2400 × 1080 pixels and a 90Hz upgrade frequency. There are no holes or nooks in it, but a fingerprint scanner was built into it.

The top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 processor with 5G support, complete with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage, is responsible for performance. MicroSD cards up to 2TB will help add seats.

The camera during the presentation was made a special emphasis. It is 3-modular: the main sensor at 64 megapixels, ultra-wide at 12 megapixels, and a TV engine at 8 megapixels with 3-fold optical magnesium. To take a selfie, the camera automatically rises, turning to you. The angle of its tilt can be changed; there is also the mode of automatic panoramas: it is enough to keep the smartphone smoothly, while the module will turn smoothly, collecting all the right angles, after which the AI will collect them in one image. The mechanism can withstand up to 300,000 turns – this will be enough for 8 years of work if you turn the camera 100 times daily.

The smartphone is protected from moisture and dust by IP68. The 5,000 mAh battery supports a fast 30-watt charge, a suitable adapter in the kit.

The smartphone will be available in the colors “galactic black” and “galactic silver” at the price of 799 euros (≈71 920 rubles) for the only modification at 8/256 GB.

 

ZenFone 8

This model has a more compact 5.9-inch AMOLED display with the same resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels (so the density of points here is even higher) and a 120Hz upgrade rate. Gorilla Glass Victus protection is also present. A small hole in the top left corner of the screen is a 12-megapixel camera for a selfie from Sony. The back surface is covered with frosted glass, which collects fewer fingerprints than glossy.

It uses the same Snapdragon 888 processor as the older model, 6, 8, or 16GB of RAM, depending on the 128 or 256GB modification built-in. MicroSD support has also been retained. The camera consists of two modules: the main one at 64 megapixels and the ultra-wide 12MP with dual Pixel focus support.

IP68 is also present in this model. With a more modest capacity of 4,000 mAh, the battery supports a fast wired charge of up to 30wh, an

The smartphone will be available in two colors: “black obsidian” and “silver horizon.” There will be four memory configurations: 6/128, 8/128, 8/256, and 16/256 GB. The cost is still announced only for the basic version: 599 euros or about 53 920 rubles. Expect both new products on sale is worth it soon.

 

Xiaomi unveils Mi 11 and Mi Smart Band 6 

Mi Smart Band 6 

Xiaomi held a Russian presentation of the flagship line of Mi 11 smartphones. In China, the basic model was announced in December last year, and now it has finally reached Russia. At the same time, it showed the official version of Mi Band 6, which received an additional console Smart in the name.

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Xiaomi Mi 11

The Mi 11 received a top-end Snapdragon 888 processor, a 6.81-inch AMOLED display with 3200 × 1,440 pixels, a 120Hz upgrade rate, and a Gorilla Glass Victus protective glass. It was also equipped with Harman/Kardon stereo speakers. The main camera at 108 MEGAPIXEL is supplemented with a wide-angle module at 13 megapixels and a macro at 5mp. The 4,600 mAh battery supports a fast charge of 55 w, a 50-w wireless battery, and a 10-w reversal. The package includes a 55-w power adapter.

The smartphone will be available in a single version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage for 85,990 rubles starting May 21; pre-orders will open tomorrow. Two bonuses are offered for pre-ordering: the new Mi Handheld Vacuum Cleaner G10 wireless vacuum cleaner and the 3 months Yandex. Plus subscription.

 

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite (5G)

Also, in Russia, debuts and lighter versions of the smartphone, the main feature is thickness less than 8 mm. It received a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a frequency of 90 Hz, a Snapdragon 780G processor, and a triple camera: the main module at 64 megapixels, plus a wide-angle 8MP and a TV engine at 5 megapixels. The battery is responsible for the autonomy of 4,250 mAh.

This smartphone will be available in two versions: with 5G support and without. Both have 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage, but if the LTE version is valued at 30,990 rubles, the 5G modification costs 37,990. They will be on sale tomorrow, May 14. If you buy a new product by May 20, you will receive a gift of the Mi Smart Band 5 bracelet, wireless headphones, Mi True Wireless Earbuds 2 Basic, and three months “Yandex.Plus.”

 

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6

The latest innovation was a smart bracelet, which for the first time in the series, received a full-screen 1.56-inch AMOLED display. It can monitor blood oxygen levels, pulse, and sleep quality. Unfortunately, only the NFC version has been brought to Russia so far.

The bracelet will be available on May 14 for 3,490 rubles. This price will be valid until May 20, after the device will rise to 3,990 rubles.

 

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro render unusual smartphone design

Famous leak finder John Prosser showed in a new video rendering of the following flagships from Google – Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. He claims to have received many quality smartphone photos from an insider and sent them to the artist Ian Selbo, who created no less quality renders based on them.

It is already obvious by the names that Google has finally decided to get rid of the XL in the name of the older version and replaced it with the more familiar in 2021 Pro. Models will differ, as well as most modern flagships, screen size, and several cameras: two in the younger and three in the older model.

The author received only images of devices, so no details about cameras or other characteristics of smartphones are not yet available. At the front of the novelty have a display with thin frames, bending at the edges, a hole under the front camera in the center, and a built-in fingerprint scanner.

If you have been following the new Google for the last couple of years, you probably noticed that the company seemed to abandon the idea to produce something interesting and, in fact, released mid-range smartphones, the main and only advantage of which was “clean” Android and quick updates. What has changed since the company seems to be trying again?

The answer is probably due to an earlier leak, which reported that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro would be the first smartphones with Google’s proprietary processor codenamed Whitechapel GS101. Then it makes sense: the Pixel 6 series will be a reconstruction of the line, which requires a new design and top-up characteristics.

At least the Pixel 6 Pro will be available in two colors: with an orange accent a la Pixel 4 and a more relaxed and stylish version of the champagne color.

Although Proser is better known for leaks about Apple’s technology, he previously accurately predicted Pixel 4a and Pixel 5’s release dates and showed live photos of the latter before the presentation. Of course, any rumors should be perceived with a fair degree of sound skepticism, but there is a high probability that this is what Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will look like.

 

China successfully landed the Tianwen-1 spacecraft on the surface of Mars.

Launched on July 23, 2020, the Chinese spacecraft Tianwen-1 reached the surface of Mars and made a successful landing. Tianwen-1 (“Issues to Heaven”) delivered to the surface of the Red Planet the rover “Juzhong” (“God of Fire”), which will study the soil and atmosphere of Mars and look for signs of water or ice. His official Twitter account showed a visualization of the landing while the real materials were being downloaded and processed.

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Previously, the landing of spacecraft on Mars was successful only the USSR and the United States – and the Soviet interplanetary station “Mars-3” lost contact with the Earth within 14.5 seconds after the beginning of the data transmission.

Currently, the American rover Perseverance with the Ingenuity helicopter is operating on Mars. In its orbit is the UAE station Al-Amal (“Hope”), which studies weather conditions on the planet.

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