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Huawei Applies For V-Pencil Trademark, Possible Stylus For Mate V Foldable

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Huawei has been making devices with stylus support for a few years now. Its styluses are sold under the M-Pencil name and support cross-compatibility and multi-device connection, allowing owners to use the same stylus for both a compatible phone and tablet simultaneously.

A few months ago, it launched the M-Pencil 2 alongside new MatePad tablets but there is a chance we will be getting another stylus this year, one that is expected to launch as the V-Pencil.

The folks at LetsGoDigital have discovered that the Chinese manufacturer has applied for a trademark for Huawei V-Pencil. The application was filed on October 4, and if the name didn’t already give it away that this is a stylus, the description states that it is an “electronic pen, computer stylus, touchscreen stylus”.

Huawei Applies For V-Pencil Trademark, Possible Stylus For Mate V Foldable 1

We want to believe that the Huawei V-Pencil stylus will launch alongside the Huawei Mate V foldable phone reported to be scheduled for launch later this year.

Thus, it is not far-fetched to say that this is a special stylus designed for the foldable just as Samsung did with its Galaxy Z Fold3 which launched with a special stylus dubbed the S Pen Fold Edition.

There are speculations that if the V-Pencil is indeed for the Huawei Mate V, then the foldable phone may not have a clamshell design like the Galaxy Z Flip3 but a design similar to the Mate X2 that launched earlier this year.

The specifications of the Mate V foldable phone are still unknown but it is expected to come with a Kirin 9000 4G processor and according to the leaker that goes by @RODENT950 on Twitter, it will use the same liquid metal hinge mechanism available on the Mate X2.

Alibaba And Baidu Bet Big On Chinese Chipmaker Phytium

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The global chip shortage coincided with the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and had seen several layers of dislocations in the supply chain globally. It however seems that chipmakers are gradually coming over the shortage with a raft of measures across the production chain. This has seen the expansion of existing capacities and outright building of new chip production processes.

Chinese company Phytium is changing its industrial and commercial registration by adding some heavy hitters like Alibaba, Baidu’s Dazi Bairuixiang Venture Capital Management Company, and China Internet Investment Fund as part of its investors. The company’s registered capital has also increased from 667 million yuan ($104 million) to 749 million yuan ($116.8 million).

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The new investment alignment will help Phytium to focus on its core area of producing homegrown core chips as the global market continues to boom. According to recent reports, the global artificial intelligence chip market could reach a massive $72.6 billion from its current estimate of $11 billion.

Alibaba and Baidu already have some interests in chipmaking, as both companies have subsidiaries that are focused on chip development. The two companies are just part of a large number of internet giants that are pursuing chip development as part of their business model.

Baidu has the Kunlun Chip arm, while Alibaba has the T-Head Semiconductor Co., Ltd with the task of pursuing research and development, as well as the strategic layout of chips.

The new partnership in Phytium is expected to drive the expansion and development of chipmaking capacity in the company to meet local demand and even serve the overseas market.

Canadian Government To Restrict 5G Service Around Airports, Find Out Why

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The Canadian government had announced that people living around its airports will not have the full complement of 5G connectivity on airport safety considerations. The announcement came just a few weeks after Canada’s telecoms spent $9 billion in acquiring the 5G spectrum license in July 2021. The new announcement could slice a chunk in expected revenue for the telcos and they are voicing their concerns.

The move around airports will deprive thousands of 5G users of the full use of their smartphones in the restricted areas because there are fears that the 5G network frequencies could interfere with important navigational devices that could affect safety in the airports. One of the successful telcos, Telus Canada said that the decision could deprive it of up to $100 million in lost revenue.

The company says it is indeed surprised that the proposed technical changes would impair a significant amount of the spectrum it won at auction. The comment was filed on September 2 with the country’s Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). Telus has also noted separately that the mobile industry was taken aback by the move by the Canadian government, and the implications of the policy.

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The 5G spectrum licenses were auctioned by ISED and it has stated that it will hold a brief consultation and then put new restrictions in place that will apply to airports where automated landing is permitted. The restrictions will be applied on an individual airport basis.

In Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, no 5G stations will be permitted in a broad stretch of space covering parts of Etobicoke, Brampton, Downsview, and Mississippi. Residents in the affected stretches will not be able to enjoy the needed 5G services. The quantum of potential 5G users that will be affected by these new restrictions is still speculative, but this could be huge.

The restrictions are mainly driven by studies that have indicated the potential risks of interference as a result of the 5G connectivity, especially in airports. Some countries have also implemented mitigation measures.

It remains to be seen how the telecom providers will navigate through the thorny restriction regimen and whether there are some remediation measures for the companies.

Telus is insisting that there are other options open to the regulator so as not to hurt the interests of the telcos, while still ensuring safety. We expect more fluid movements as the new policy becomes operational around Canada’s airports.

Tecno Camon 18 Full Specification & Price In Nigeria

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Tecno Camon 18 Price In Nigeria & Specification

Tecno Camon 18 Price Start is ₦103,500 Naira in Nigeria, Tecno Camon 18 comes with an Android 11, 6.8 inches IPS LCD, 90Hz Display, MediaTek Helio G88 (12nm) Chipset, Triple 48MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear and 16MP Selfie Camera, 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM.

Also, check out: Tecno Camon 12 Specs & Price In Nigeria

Tecno Camon 18 Full Specification

BRANDTecno
ModelCamon 18
Price In The USAAbout $252 USD
Price In NigeriaNGN 103,500
LAUNCH
Announced2021, October 04
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2021, October
BODY
Dimensions168.9 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm
Weight
ColorsDusk Gray, Ceramic White, Iris purple
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
TypeIPS LCD, 90Hz, 550 nits (typ)
Size6.8 inches, (~84.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2460 pixels (~395 ppi density)
NETWORK
TechnologyLTE / HSPA / GSM
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A
4G bandsLTE (unspecified)
3G bandsHSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
MEMORY
RAM4GB
ROM128GB
Card slotUnspecified
PLATFORM
OSAndroid 11, HIOS 8.0
ChipsetMediaTek Helio G88 (12nm)
CPUOcta-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUMali-G52 MC2
MAIN CAMERA
Triple48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
FeaturesDual-LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA
Single16 MP, (wide)
FeaturesDual-LED flash
Video1080p@30fps
BATTERY
TypeNon-removable
CapacityLi-Po 5000 mAh
Fast charging18W
SOUND
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
FEATURES
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity
CONNECTIVITY
WLANYes
NFCYes
FM RadioYes
USBUSB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
GPSYes, with A-GPS
BluetoothYes

Vivo Y21 Full Specification & Price In Nigeria

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Vivo Y21 Price In Nigeria & Specification

Vivo Y21 Price Start is ₦81,333 Naira in Nigeria, Vivo Y21 comes with an Android 11, 6.51 inches IPS LCD Display, Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm) Chipset, Dual 13MP + 2MP Rear and 8MP Selfie Camera, 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB ROM.

Also, check out: LG K62 Specs & Price In Nigeria

Vivo Y21 Full Specification

LAUNCH
Announced2021, August 20
StatusAvailable. Released 2021, August 20
Price In The USAAbout $198 – $219 USD
Price In NigeriaNGN 81,333
BODY
Dimensions 164.3 x 76.1 x 8 mm
Weight182 g
ColorsDiamond Glow, Midnight Blue
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
TypeIPS LCD
Size6.51 inches, (~81.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
NETWORK
TechnologyLTE / HSPA / GSM
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE
4G bands1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41
3G bandsHSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
MEMORY
RAM4GB
ROM64GB / 128GB
Card slotYes, via micro SD (uses a dedicated slot)
PLATFORM
OSAndroid 11, Funtouch 11.1
ChipsetMediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
CPUOcta-core (4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPUPowerVR GE8320
MAIN CAMERA
Dual13 MP, f/2.2, (wide), PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
FeaturesLED flash
Video1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA
Single8 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
Video1080p@30fps
BATTERY
TypeNon-removable
CapacityLi-Po 5000 mAh
Fast charging18W
SOUND
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
FEATURES
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
CONNECTIVITY
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
NFCNo
FM RadioYes
USBUSB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE

Samsung W22 5G Scheduled to Launch On October 13 In China

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Samsung launched the W21 5G smartphone last year and now it seems to be the time that the device gets a successor. Today, Samsung has officially announced the launch date of its successor dubbed Samsung W22 5G.

The Samsung W22 5G will launch on October 13 at 7 PM local time in China. The device is expected to be available for purchase in China soon after its unveiling.

As learned by previous leaks, the Samsung W22 5G will bring the same design as the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

It won’t just borrow the exteriors, rather it will also have the same internal as the Z Fold 3. The W22 5G will come powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

The foldable device is expected to have a 7.6-inch primary display and a 6.2-inch cover screen. The screens are expected to feature a 120Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass protection. The device is also rumoured to have Under-display-camera and a triple camera system.

Considering that it has the same design as the Z Fold 3, the W22 might also have a 4,400mAh battery with support for fast charging.

The numbers might differ but we can expect a 25W wired fast charging and 11W wireless fast charging, similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

As far as pricing is concerned, rumours have it that the phone may cost CNY 18,999(~$2,949 USD). If this is to be believed then it will be way expensive than the Z Fold 3’s launch price of CNY 14,999(~$2,328 USD).

Vivo V21 5G Neon Spark Launch Date Confirmed, Design Revealed

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A report that appeared last week claimed that the Vivo V21 5G will be soon available in a neon color in India. Vivo has revealed that the new color variant will be called Neon Spark and it will be launching on Oct. 13.

The below-shown tweet teases the appearance of the Vivo V21 5G Neon Spark model. The new hue will be sold alongside V21 5G’s other color variants such as Dusk blue, Sunset Dazzle, and Arctic White.

It appears that apart from sporting an attractive paint job of bright yellow, the Neon Spark variant will have no difference as compared to the existing variants. It’s bold. It’s unique. It’s irresistible. The world of Neon Spark is here now,​ are you ready for it?​

Vivo V21 5G Specifications

The Vivo V21 5G has a 6.44-inch AMOLED panel that offers a Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. It has an OIS-assisted 44-megapixel front camera with dual-LED flash. The back panel of the phone features a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

It is powered by the Dimensity 800U chipset. It is equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB / 256 GB of UFS 2.2 storage. The device runs on FunTouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11.

The V21 5G is backed by a 4,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. It is equipped with an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a shared SIM slot for adding a microSD card.

Currently, the 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage editions of the V21 5G are priced at Rs 29,990 (~$399 USD) and Rs 32,990 (~$439 USD), respectively.

iTel S17 Android GO Edition Phone Launched In Nigeria For N45,000(~$110 USD)

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Last month, iTel unveiled the A26 smartphone in India with impressive features at budget pricing. Now, the company has unveiled another budget-centric phone but, this time in Nigeria.

The iTel S17 is a new offering that comes with a large notch display, triple camera setup, and a big 5,000mAh battery.

The iTel S17 is priced at N45,000(~$110 USD) for the only configuration with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The smartphone comes in three colour options Sky Blue, Multicolor Green, and Deep-Ocean Black. It will be available for purchase from next week in both offline and online markets.

The iTel S17 comes with a polycarbonate body featuring a dew-drop notch panel. It has a 6.6-inch IPS display with an HD+ resolution. Upfront, it has a single 8MP camera for selfies.

Moving to the rear, it is equipped with a triple camera system. It has an 8MP primary lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 0.3MP AI camera lens.

Under the hood, it comes powered by an unknown quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. It has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also has a microSD card slot for additional storage up to 64GB.

It houses a 5,000mAh battery with a standard charging speed. The smartphone runs on Android 11 Go Edition and has iTel’s custom skin and a few pre-installed applications.

iQOO Z5x Full Specifications, Images Emerge, Launch Likely This Month

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Last month, iQOO announced the iQOO Z5 5G smartphone in China and India. Reports have claimed that China will soon receive another Z-series handset called the iQOO Z5x. The alleged Z5x has appeared in the database of the TENAA certification platform with full specifications and images.

A Vivo phone with V2131A has bagged approval from the TENAA authority. It can be said based on a recently seen IMEI database listing that this device may release in the Chinese market with the iQOO Z5x moniker.

The listing reveals that the handset measures 163.95 x 75.30 x 8.5mm and weighs 169 grams. The handset is fitted with a 6.58-inch TFT panel with a top-center positioned 8-megapixel selfie camera.

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The rear panel of the device is a 50-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual-camera system. The phone runs on Android 11 OS. It is powered by a 2.4GHz octa-core processor and a 4,880mAh rated battery. The 3C certification of this model revealed that it may ship with a 44W fast charger.

It is likely to arrive in 6 GB / 8 GB RAM variants and 128 GB / 256 GB storage editions. The other features that are available on the device include a microSD card slot and a side-facing fingerprint reader.

The previously seen Google Play Console listing of the V2131A revealed that it will be powered by the Dimensity 900 chipset. The iQOO Z5x is expected to arrive as the most affordable phone with the D900 SoC.

It is likely to be priced at around 1,000 Yuan, claimed tipster Digital Chat Station. Another tipster said that it will be debuting by the end of this month and will be available for purchase in early November. The iQOO Z5x is now listed on JD.com for reservations. 

ASUS VivoBook 15 With OLED Display And Up To Intel Core i7 Processor Launched for $890 USD (~¥99,900)

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ASUS Japan has officially launched the VivoBook 15 in Japan. This is a new addition to the VivoBook lineup that comes with an OLED screen and 11-generation Intel Core processors. The major highlight of the notebook is its easy-to-carry and lightweight design.

The ASUS VivoBook 15 starts at ¥99,900(~$890 USD) for the Intel i5 configuration and ¥109,800(~$978 USD) for the Intel i7 configuration. The laptop can be purchased from ASUS authorised stores in the country.

ASUS VivoBook 15 Specifications 

The VivoBook 15 comes with a 15.6-inch OLED display with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. It has a DCI-P3 colour gamut and PANTONE certification for accurate colours.

It also has TUV Rheinland’s certification ensuring that the display is flicker-free and emits less blue light. The screen has 600 nits of brightness and a nano-edge design.

It comes with Aluminum Alloy built and has an 18.6mm thickness. Although it is built out of Aluminum Alloy, it still has low 1.8KGs of weight. The laptop comes powered by an Intel Core i7-1165 G7 or Intel Core i5-1135 G7.

The former chipset pertains to the model number K513EA-L1869T, whereas, the latter belongs to the model number K513EA-L1867T.

It has 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. Unfortunately, the laptop comes with Windows 10 Home out of the box but is upgradable to Windows 11. It has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5 support.

As for the ports, it has a USB 3.2 Type-C port, a Type-A port, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a microphone input, and lastly a microSDXC card reader slot.