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Realme X7 Pro is all set to launch tomorrow, February 4 in India after months of teasers and speculations alongside the Realme X7. Realme has been teasing the launch of the X7 series in India for quite some time now and even though less than 24 hours away from the launch, CEO Madhav Sheth has teased the transparent version of the Realme X7 Pro.

Realme CEO Madhav Sheth took to Twitter to post a picture of the Realme X7 Pro transparent edition, asking users whether the company should launch it in India. The phone in question is shown to have a see-through back panel which gives us a look at the internal hardware of the phone, including its camera modules, battery and other connectors in orange colour. That being said, there’s no word on the launch of a transparent edition of the Realme X7 Pro. In the picture released on Twitter, one can also notice the standard colour variant of the Realme X7 Pro kept on the table. 

Transparent edition of Realme X7 Pro

While Madhav has indicated through his tweet, it remains to be seen whether the transparent edition of the Realme X7 Pro will launch alongside the standard variants. The Realme X7 series launches in India on February 4 at 12:30 PM and the company could make a surprise announcement by introducing a transparent edition of the X7 Pro.

Realme X7 Pro specifications

Realme X7 Pro specifications

The Realme X7 Pro features a 6.55-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution AMOLED screen with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. The display supports 120Hz high refresh rate, is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 and is also home to a fingerprint reader under the screen. It measures 8.5 millimetres in thickness and weighs 184 grams. 

The X7 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor with an octa-core CPU and Mali-G77 GPU. This is paired with upto 8GB RAM and 256GB storage options to choose from. The phone runs on Realme UI, which is based on Android 10.

The Realme X7 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a primary 64MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a 32MP selfie camera housed within the punch-hole cutout. The rear cameras can record in upto 4K UHD at 60FPS with support for EIS.

The X7 Pro is equipped with a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging out-of-the-box. Realme claims that the phone can go from 0-100% in 35 minutes.

 





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After being the dominant force in our trending chart for the past couple of weeks Xiaomi is finally seeing some challange.

While the Redmi Note 10 Pro and Redmi Note 10 still take the top two spots it’s the newly announced Asus Zenfone 8 that completes the podium.

We then have the Poco X3 Pro and Samsung Galaxy A72 to round up the top five.

The Poco F3 is down in sixth ahead of four more Samsung phones. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has overtaken the A52 5G, while the Galaxy A12 retains ninth.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 returns to the chart to round up the top 10.

The Redmi K40 Gaming and the Mi 11 Ultra wave goodbye to the top 10, but it’s unlikely that we’ve seen the last of them.



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Flashback: a brief history of Bluetooth

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It took years but USB eventually replaced the weird proprietary connectors of early mobile phones. However, years before USB became the norm another data transfer technology wanted to unite all electronics – and it didn’t even use wires.

From Infrared to Bluetooth

Bluetooth was developed by Ericsson in the 1990s. It is named after the 10th century Danish king Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson, who united Denmark and Norway. The Bluetooth logo combines the runes ᚼ and ᛒ, which are Harald’s initials.

The name (which was actually proposed by an Intel engineer) signified the ambition to become the unifying standard for all kinds of electronics – phones, computers and various accessories.

At the time data cables (serial or USB) were used to, for example, sync data between your computer and your PDA, infrared was available as a wireless option. However, that required line-of-sight, meaning you had to “aim” the two devices at each other during the data transfer.

Bluetooth was omnidirectional, though it worked at around 10m (30 ft) maximum, so it didn’t really have a range advantage. Nor a speed advantage – version 1.0 topped out at 721 Kbps.

The Ericsson T39 was the first mobile phone with Bluetooth
The Ericsson T39 was the first mobile phone with Bluetooth

That was plenty for the original use-cases planned and so the first Bluetooth-enabled phone was unveiled in 2000 – an Ericsson, of course, the T36. However, that wasn’t the first Bluetooth phone to actually hit the stores (the T36 was canceled).

The Ericsson T39 pioneered the tech, launching in 2001. That same year IBM introduced the ThinkPad A30 laptop with a Bluetooth connection built in. Now you could sync your phone and computers wirelessly.

The first Bluetooth accessories

The first-ever Bluetooth device was a wireless headset unveiled in 1999, which won the “Best of Show Technology Award” at COMDEX. Soon after the first Bluetooth car kits actually came out in 2001


Ericsson's first Bluetooth headset
Ericsson's first Bluetooth headset

Ericsson’s first Bluetooth headset (image credit)

They were mono-only, but they served an important purpose – countries around the world were already looking to ban the use of phones while driving. For example, the UK made it illegal on December 1 2003 with fines starting at £30, but they could rise to £1,000.

The first stereo headphones would arrive in 2004. Strangely, that happened a year after the first Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player hit the market.

The Benefone Esc! from 1999 was the first phone with a built-in GPS receiver, but it would be many years before that feature became standard – Bluetooth to the rescue! In 2002 Socket unveiled the first stand-alone GPS receiver that could send positioning data to a mobile device – a Pocket PC, in this case. It cost $450, almost as much as the Pocket PC itself.


The first-ever Bluetooth GPS receiver for mobile devices
The first-ever Bluetooth GPS receiver for mobile devices

The first-ever Bluetooth GPS receiver for mobile devices

The first Bluetooth mice, keyboards and printers came out in the early 2000s too. Those were more suitable for computers, which were gaining Bluetooth abilities through add-in cards and (soon) USB dongles.

Going faster

Bluetooth 2.0 was unveiled in 2005 with “EDR” (Enhanced Data Rate), which tripled the transfer speed to 2.1 Mbps. It was an optional feature and it was still too slow for heavy duty data transfers. The new standard did also boost the range to 30m (100 ft).

But the true boost to performance would come in 2009 with Bluetooth 3.0 and “HS” (High Speed), which achieved 24 Mbps. This used a Bluetooth link to do the handshaking between the two devices than handed off the data to 802.11 hardware – so it was actually Wi-Fi that did the heavy lifting.

But with things like Wi-Fi Direct on the horizon and ever faster cell network speeds, fast Bluetooth would quickly become irrelevant.

Going further

Bluetooth 4.0, aka Bluetooth Low Energy, came in 2010 and wasn’t – wasn’t Bluetooth, we mean. The project started at Nokia under the name Wibree, but that would be incorporated into the next generation of Bluetooth.

Version 4.0 was slower, it topped out around 1 Mbps, but it was a lot more power efficient, allowing for battery operated accessories to be created (think fitness sensors, healthcare devices, etc.). They could work for years on a single coin cell battery.

Bluetooth 4.0 also extended the operation range to 100m (330 ft.) and lowered the typical latency quite a bit. This release also introduced the Multipoint feature, which allows Bluetooth headphones to be connected simultaneously to two devices (e.g. your phone and your laptop).

Next came version 5.0 in 2016. It significantly improved the maximum range, reaching 240m (800 ft) with line of sight and up to 40m (130 ft.) indoors. That came at the cost of data speed, but at closer rangers 5.0 could double the speeds of its predecessor (up to 2 Mbps).

Flashback: a brief history of Bluetooth

Bluetooth has been used in smart home applications since the early days, but it is now even more prevalent. From smart light bulbs to smart bathroom scales, its low power requirements, impressive range and ability to seamlessly connect two gadgets has made it more popular than ever.

Rapid growth and what comes next

By 2003 Bluetooth had become extremely successful with 1 million BT-enabled devices shipping every week. That grew to 3 million a week the following year, then to 5 million in 2005. By 2006 there were already 1 billion Bluetooth devices out and about with 10 million new ones joining them every week.

Flashback: a brief history of Bluetooth

There’s no sign of Bluetooth 6.0 yet and there’s a new wireless technology that is gaining traction – Ultra Wide Band or UWB. It covers the high-speed data transfer use case that Bluetooth abandoned years ago and has the ability to sense the direction of a connected device (so can Bluetooth, by the way). For now at least Bluetooth and UWB co-exist peacefully, but it’s not inconceivable that the two may clash down the road.



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Week 19 in review: Zenfone 8/8 Flip are here, look at the Huawei P50, Pixel 6

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Another week is done, so let’s recap it. Starting with the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, which will have bigger camera islands, due to their better camera hardware. The entire iPhone 13 series are also going to be slightly thicker.

Asus unveiled the petite Zenfone 8 and the larger Zenfone 8 Flip with a rotating triple camera system. The pair is already available in Europe and Taiwan.

We saw renders of the upcoming Huawei P50 series, which show three camera sensors in one camera ring and a separate one for the rumored 1-inch main camera. Currently the closest to that coveted 1-inch size is the 1/1.12-inch Samsung sensor that adorns the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. The Huawei P50 is expected to have a 13-90mm equivalent camera setup. The renders don’t clearly show a periscope, so we could be looking at a variable-zoom lens, similar to the one on the Sony Xperia 5 III and 1 III.

The Google Pixel 6 series broke cover with a couple of renders of what’s allegedly the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The pair has adopted a unique design with an orange accent color. We see two cameras on the Pixel 6 and three on the Pixel 6 Pro – no word on sensors or specs, but the renders clearly show we shouldn’t expect a periscope.

Sony’s upcoming noise-cancelling earbuds – the WF-1000XM4’s leaked in detailed images, showing both earbuds and the case. The earbuds look more compact than their predecessors. They should arrive on June 9, possibly featuring high-res audio.

Those were the key stories of the week – the full list is below. See you in a week!

iPhone 13 series will be slightly thicker and with larger camera bumps

Apple is expected to bring camera parity across its upcoming Pro models.


Xiaomi to introduce new noise-cancelling earphones on May 13

We are still waiting for the first audio wearable by the company with ANC.


Asus Zenfone 8 is a 5.9

The Zenfone 8 is smaller than the Xperia 5 III. The Flip is a Zenfone 7 with a Snapdragon 888 and a few other tweaks. Available for pre-order today.


Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) runs laps around the competition in Geekbench

The M1-powered tablet shows performance comparable to laptops with a 15W Intel or AMD processor.


Leaker claims these are real renders of the Huawei P50 series

The render shows what the camera setups inside the rings may look like.


Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro renders leak showing shocking new design

Another source has confirmed the looks, while saying the colors aren’t accurate.


Infinix Note 10 unveiled with 90Hz 6.95

The Pro has an NFC-enabled variant, both are powered by the Helio G95 chipset.


Sony WF-1000XM4 leak in images alongside expected release date

The upcoming TWS earphones bring a more round and compact design with a slimmer charging case.


Samsung Galaxy F52 5G photos and price tag surface ahead of announcement

The phone was photographed in China and it appears to be a lower cost alternative to the Galaxy A52 5G with similar specs.


Xiaomi is no longer blacklisted by the US government

The US Defense Department decides to back down after a lawsuit, filed in US courts.


Oppo Reno6 Pro and Reno6 Pro+ certified on TENAA with key specs and images

The Reno6 series is expected to launch on May 22 in China.


PlayStation 5 consoles will be hard to find in stores even in 2022, Sony warns

Previously, Sony believed that the supply shortage will end in the second half of this year, but later it told analysts that shortages will last through 2022.


Poco M3 Pro 5G leaks in official-looking renders just as execs tease specs

It will feature a MediaTek Dimensity chipset and a high refresh rate screen.


Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Watch Active4 will run Wear OS, won't support blood sugar reading

The two models will be unveiled at the next Unpacked event alongside the new foldables.


Exynos chipset with AMD GPU coming this year, will be used in Windows laptops

And perhaps tablets and even phones too. The chip will replace the Snapdragons currently used in Samsung’s Windows-on-ARM laptops.


M1-powered iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) ends up slightly behind M1-powered MacBook Air in AnTuTu

Both devices only have passive cooling for the M1 chipset, but the laptop managed to keep clock speeds slightly higher.


Leaked Sony WF-1000XM4 renders show two different colorways

The XM4 generation will be noticeably more compact than the current XM3 TWS buds.


Upcoming MacBook/MacBook Air renders reveal all-new flat design in several colors

Following the new iMac design language.


Sony Xperia 10 III on preorder in Germany, free noise canceling headphones included

Orders are expected to ship from June 11.


Samsung Galaxy A12 and A02s get Android 11

Both phones are getting the One UI 3.1 (Core) treatment.


Redmi Note 10S receives MIUI 12.5 update right before launching in India

The phone was released in other markets with MIUI 12, which is now being upgraded.


Samsung certifies Galaxy Tab S7 XL Lite as more colors leak

The Plus moniker has had a short life in the rumor mill.


Kuo: iPhones will switch to Apple's own 5G modems in 2023

Apple acquired Intel’s modem division in 2019 and invested €1 billion in an R&D facility in Germany to develop its own 5G tech.




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