Tech Last Week Issue #001: Xiaomi, CES 2022, T-Mobile, Asus, and OnePlus

Hi fellow tech enthusiasts! Welcome to a new weekly post for 2022. This article will go over five major news relating to technology that happened in the past week. It will include some information about what is happening and a bit of commentary and thoughts from yours truly. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to leave any comments ✌️

Xiaomi announces 12 and 12 Pro

Last week Xiaomi announced their upcoming smartphones for 2022, the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro. These two phones look to be a small incremental upgrade from last year. The Xiaomi 12 is now a much smaller phone (152.7 x 69.9 x 8.2 mm) at more than a centimeter shorter than the Mi 11. The screen size has also been reduced 6.8 inches to 6.2 inches. There is no word on whether it will be available worldwide. Below are its specifications:

  • 📺 6.28″ 1080 x 2400 AMOLED 120 Hz
  • 🧠 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • 🗄️ 8-12GB RAM 128-512GB Storage
  • 📷 50MP Wide 13MP Ultrawide 5MP Tele 32MP Front
  • 🔋 4500 mAh
  • 🎨 Black, Green, Blue, Lilac
  • 🎁 67W Fast Charge, 50W wireless
  • 💸 CNY 3,699+ (~$580+)
  • 📆 2021.12.31 in China

The Xiaomi 12 Pro is slightly more interesting with its 120 watt fast charging capability. It is pretty exciting that phones chargers are reaching the same wattage as some slim gaming laptops. I do wonder if a 120w fast charging significantly decreases the longevity of your phone battery. The US market really need to catch up in the fast charging department. It is kind of sad that Samsung and Google phones are still maxing out around 25 watts for wired charging.

Below are the specifications for the Xiaomi 12 Pro

  • 📺 6.73″ 1440 x 3200 AMOLED LTPO 120 Hz
  • 🧠 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • 🗄️ 8-12GB RAM 128-512GB Storage
  • 📷 50MP Wide 50MP Ultrawide 50MP Tele 32MP Front
  • 🔋 4600 mAh
  • 🎨 Black, Green, Blue, Lilac
  • 🎁 120W Fast Charge, 50W wireless
  • 💸 CNY 4,699+ (~$738+)
  • 📆 2021.12.31 in China
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T-Mobile suffers another data breach

On December 28th, 2021, T-Mobile suffered another data breach. This is the third data breach for T-Mobile in 2021. The latest breach is no where near the size of the one that happened in August. The cause of this data breach seems to be a result of sim swapping. SIM swapping is when a “attackers to take control of a target’s mobile phone number by tricking or bribing the carrier’s employees to reassign the numbers to attacker-controlled SIM cards.” Only a little numbers had their SIMs swapped and personal data accessed. For more information on this data breach, you can check out the article from bleeping computers.

T-Mobile really needs to step up their cybersecurity. The number of data breaches they have had in the past four years is unacceptable. If you are worried about the

CES 2022 shortens by a day and companies bow out

CES 2022 is starting to feel like a ghost town as more companies decide to pull their attendance due to the Omicron variant. The event is even closing a day early and will now from Jan 5th to the 6th. The list of companies that have announced they are no longer attending CES this year continues to grow as well. The ones I know of that are no longer attending are:

  • AMD
  • Amazon
  • BMW
  • General Motors
  • Google
  • Intel
  • Lenovo
  • MSI
  • Mercedes
  • Meta
  • Microsoft
  • Nokia
  • OnePlus
  • T-Mobile
  • TikTok
  • Waymo

Many of these companies will instead do a virtual event.

Asus teases debut of an Asus ROG Flow Z13 for CES 2022

Asus teased on their Twitter page that they will be announcing the “world’s most powerful gaming tablet” today at 11am PST. I think its almost guaranteed to support their mobile ROG XG Station (an eGPU that allows you to hook up a GeForce RTX 3080 to the device). I also expect Asus to continue using AMD as their CPU of choice for this line.

It will be interesting to see if Asus will be able to pull off a true PC gaming tablet. There was a time where I thought a powerful tablet + eGPU would be my perfect setup for productivity and entertainment. I am excited to see what Asus has in store for us.

Image from @OnLeaks

OnePlus 10 Pro leaks

OnePlus is rumored to launch their 10 Pro on January 11th of this year. There hasn’t been a lot of details about what the new phone will include, but its looking to be an incremental improvement as well. Below are the specifications that have been rumored:

  • 📺 6.7″ WQHD+ LTPO AMOLED LTPO 120 Hz
  • 🧠 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • 🗄️ TBA
  • 📷 48MP Wide 50MP Ultrawide 8MP Tele 32MP Front
  • 🔋 TBA
  • 🎨 TBA
  • 🎁 80W Fast Charge, 50W wireless
  • 💸 TBA
  • 📆 Rumored 2022.01.11

I know some people are slightly bitter about the further integration between OnePlus and Oppo. There are also concerns that their R&D department have completely merged and what that might mean for the future of the brand. Oxygen OS has also slowly become more and more like Color OS rather than stock Android. I do wonder if this means that Oppo will eventually dissolve the brand all together. There seems to be little business incentives to keep the two brands if the underlining software is virtually identical.

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

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