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Huawei could use Mediatek chipsets on its flagship phones from 2021

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With the US-China trade ban tensions rising between the two countries, Huawei has faced a massive implication of finding a suitable replacement for Google services to accompany its smartphones. Now, next year, the company will face an even bigger challenge of finding chipset alternatives. As of September, TSMC can no longer manufacture SoCs for HiSilicon. So the company will have to find other options very soon if it wants to stay in the market. Among the Huawei options, the one that sounds louder is Mediatek.

Huawei flagship phones of 2021 would not use Kirin chips

An industry insider has revealed that Huawei’s flagship phones of the year 2021 could make use of a 5nm chip from a third-party vendor. No more in-depth details are provided as of yet. However, the most likely option for the supply of chips would be none other than MediaTek.

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It should be noted that Huawei, for its part, will have no problem producing the Kirin 1000 and Kirin 1020 chipsets that have been in the rumor mill for quite some time. The latter will also be manufactured in a 5nm process. The source of the leak is talking about Huawei’s flagship phones for the next year, 2021. The Huawei Mate 40, which is expected to debut with the Kirin 1000/1020 SoC, will arrive in October this year.

In May 2020, the United States government extended its trade ban to Huawei. They added a new rule prohibiting foreign companies from supplying components to Huawei. Since American partners play an essential role in chip making. This technically prevents companies like TSMC or SMIC (of Chinese origin) from making chips for Huawei.

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However, the United States has granted a 120-day grace period before the rule takes effect. With this, TSMC can continue supplying chips to HiSilicon until September 15, 2020. During this time, they will have their new Kirin 5nm chipsets ready for this year.

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Realme C3 update rolling out with June 2020 security patch

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Realme has started rolling out a new software update for its Realme C3 device in India. The latest update brings the month-old June 2020 Android security patch to the smartphone, along with several new optimizations, and bug fixes. The Realme C3 latest update carries the software Build version RMX2020_11_A.33, and its OTA firmware size is around 409 MB.

As per the changelog, the update brings optimizations for the game quality audio and probabilistic lagging issue. It also brings enhancements to the stability of the overall system. Realme has fixed several problems in the smartphone with the update, among the lag issue with the power button to light up the screen and fingerprint to unlock bug.

The update further details some major fixes with the weather app location problem, games center FPS was shown as zero, and the phone was not getting charged in some scenarios. Additionally, the June 2020 security patch fixes a host of security vulnerabilities in the smartphone.

The Realme C3 June security OTA update is rolling out to limited users incrementally. So, it may take a while in reaching all units in the country. Users will be notified to download the update. Alternatively, the update can also be checked by going to Settings > About Phone > System update.

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Realme C3 features, specifications

To recall, the Realme C3 flaunts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ (720×1560 pixels) resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device also features a dual-camera setup at the back. That includes a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, the smartphone equips a 5-megapixel selfie camera.

The Realme C3 has a Mediatek Helio G70 SoC and Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU. It packs a 5,000 mAh battery but comes with standard 10W charging support. In connectivity, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 4G LTE, and a micro-USB port for charging.

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Realme Buds Q available on open sale: Price, offers, and all you need to know

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Realme’s newly launched Buds Q wireless earphones are now available on open sale. The company launched it about a week back, and we saw its debut sale on July 1. Following the first sale, Realme announced that the earbuds sold over 25,000 units in the first sale.

Consumers looking to buy Realme Buds Q wireless can head over to Realme.com and Amazon India for the open sale. Realme hasn’t announced anything officially, so we are not sure if this open sale remains active permanently, or the company is trying to sell out extra stock. Typically, Realme keeps 4-5 flash sales before putting the product on open sale.

Realme Buds Q: Price in India

Anyway, the Realme Buds Q true wireless earbuds were launched alongside the Realme X3 series in India on June 25. The Realme Buds Q are available in three color options. These are black, white, and yellow. The earbuds are priced at Rs 1,999.

Realme Buds Q specifications

The budget Buds Q features 10mm drivers and supports both the SBC and AAC codec. The Buds Q also offers a super low latency gaming mode at 119ms. They feature Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity and IPX4 certification for water resistance.

The Realme truly wireless earphones also come with touch gestures support on each bud. These can further be customized to a user’s preference using the Realme Link app. The Buds Q wireless was first launched in China last month. The Buds Q earbuds have been designed in collaboration with French designer Jose Levy. They feature 10mm drivers under the hood and have interchangeable ear tips made of silicone. These are also IPX4 rated, which means it can survive water and dust splashes.

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The case of the Realme Buds Q features a micro-USB port for charging. However, there is no wireless charging like the Buds Air. The earbuds offer support for the Realme Link app, super-low latency mode, touch controls, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The company claims that users will get up to 4.5 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. Along with the case, a full charge can last you up to 20 hours.

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OnePlus Nord India pre-orders to go live soon; Amazon listing indicates at a lineup of smartphones

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Smartphone maker OnePlus is all set to launch its much-anticipated smartphone in the Indian market, the OnePlus Nord. As part of the preparation, the company is running an elaborate campaign to drum up hype around the upcoming device. This includes a documentary series, sharing teasers on Instagram, regular posts, and even pre-orders. The company even opened limited pre-orders for 100 users in the international market on July 1. An interesting aspect of this pre-order was that the company has not shared any details regarding the upcoming device. It is also worth noting that the July 1 pre-order was not open for Indian users. However, the company did share some information about the pre-orders in India. Let’s take a closer look at the new information about the OnePlus Nord here.

OnePlus Nord India pre-orders likely coming soon; details

The company revealed in stories on the official OnePlus Nord Instagram that it is planning to bring pre-orders to India. OnePlus did not share any concrete dates regarding the sale of the upcoming device for India. The company added, “To all our fans in India – you didn’t really think you were going to miss our on Nord pre-orders, did you?” in a story. It continued in the next story, “We’ll have more to say about this soon.” The company has already listed Nord on the Amazon India website. It is likely that the company will start the pre-orders on Amazon in the coming weeks if not days.

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Inspecting the listing, the company also likely shared some more information regarding the OnePlus Nord. As per the Amazon India listing, the company asked the users to get ready for the “OnePlus Nord series”. This likely hints at more than one device launch in the coming weeks.

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We are not sure if the company is talking about different RAM and storage variants. Or, the company is actually talking about multiple smartphone models as part of the OnePlus Nord lineup. Beyond this, the company has already shared the reason behind naming the series, “Nord”. We also likely know some important hardware details from recent leaks.

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