Top stories of 2021: Q2

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Top stories of 2021: Q2

Welcome to our recap of the top news articles of 2021. This is Q2, you can also take a look at the top stories of Q1, Q3 and Q4.


It’s now time to look at the months April through June, which were defined by a myriad of phone announcements as well as looming phones from further down 2021.


Sharp officially brought a 1-inch sensor to a phone with the Japan-exclusive Aquos R6. It had more going for it with a 240Hz refresh rate display, another first. But as with all of Sharp’s innovations, this one never came out of Japan.


Sony unveiled the Xperia 1 III, 5 III, and 10 III in Q2, all of which proved very popular with fans. The 10 III retained the display and camera specs of its predecessor but added a more efficient processor and bigger battery. The Xperia 1 III and 5 III adopted a new variable-zoom camera that went from 2.9x to 4.4x, as well as new SD888 silicon. While the Xperia 5 III was a more modest update over the 5 II, the 1 III added a much-needed 120Hz display.


Xiaomi brought its Mi 11 Ultra to the Indian market in Q2, which generated a lot of hype.


Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 778G, which went on to power a number of popular midrangers, like the Honor 50, Huawei nova 9, the Galaxy A52s 5G and M52 5G, and the Motorola Edge (2021).


Samsung stopped giving the Galaxy S20 FE 4G its Exynos 990 chipset for the LTE-only variant of the phone and went only with the Snapdragon 865 in 2021. We also saw an early render of the Galaxy S21 FE in Green.


Top stories of 2021: Q2

Then there were the leaks and rumors that captured your attention. We saw the first press render of the iPhone 13, which was notable for showing the redesigned camera alignment.


We also first glimpsed renders of the Huawei P50 series, which would debut in July.


Google’s Pixel 6 and its dramatic redesign were revealed in Q2. We also got the first bits of specs, like the custom Google-made Whitechapel chipset, which turned out to be called Tensor, as well as the 120Hz display and 5,000mAh battery of the Pixel 6 Pro.


LG’s decision to step away from the smartphone game was made official in Q2. The company’s devices were struggling for a while and it made more sense to focus LG’s creative resources in the fields of electric vehicle components, IoT devices, smart homes, robotics, AI, and business-to-business solutions.







































































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