Here are the major happenings in the tech world from the past week for you.
1. German Court Dismisses Qualcomm’s Patent Suit Against Apple
Qualcomm has had a patent lawsuit against Apple dismissed by a court in Mannheim, Germany, as groundless. The chipmaker had argued Intel-powered iPhones infringed a transistor switch patent it holds. But in an initial verbal decision the court disagreed. Qualcomm has stated it will appeal on the current verdict (via: Techcrunch)
While the latest court decision in Mannheim has gone in Apple’s favor, a separate ruling in Germany late last year went Qualcomm’s way. And earlier this month Apple was forced to withdraw the iPhone 7 and 8 from its retail stores in Germany, after Qualcomm posted €1.34BN in security bonds to enforce the December court decision — which related to a power management patent.
2. Apple Replaced 10 Times As Many Batteries As Expected In 2018
Apple reportedly replaced batteries of 11 million iPhones last year following the price cut of battery replacements to $29.99 earlier. The price cut came shortly after the Cupertino based tech giants admitted that they deliberately limit performance on older iPhones with aged batteries with updates.
3. Sony Xperia XZ4 Leaks
Sony Xperia XZ4 renders have been leaked over the internet during the past few days. The device sports a tall 21:9 display with dual rear cameras and minimal bezels. The fingerprint sensor is expected to be embedded on the power button to the right side of the device. (via Slashleaks)
4. Pixel 3 XL Lite Makes An Outing To Geekbench
The Pixel 3 XL Lite has made it run on Geekbench this past week. The scores are 1805 for single core and 5790 for multi score. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 710 by Qualcomm and has 6GB of RAM. The name Foxconn is also visible in the info, which contradicts the earlier leaks pointing to Xiaomi being the manufacturer for the budget Pixel device from Google.
5. Realme Enables Bootloader Unlocking
Just as they promised earlier, Realme has enable Bootloader Unlocking on the Realme 2 Pro just inside the deadline they promised us with. The kernel sources of the device would be released in the coming weeks. Bootloader unlocking will also be made available for the Realme 1 by February, as stated officially.
6. Oppo Teases Smartphone Cameras With 10x Loseless Zoom
Oppo has been teasing a new camera setup for its upcoming smartphones that boast upto 10x loseless hybrid zoom. Earlier in 2017, they teased a similar 5x optical zoom which never really made it to any production models. That said, some leaks and speculations have been pointing towards the use of the new technology in their upcoming devices.
7. Moto Razr Is Making A Comeback
The Moto Razr from Motorola is making a comeback as a smartphone with a foldable screen. The device is expected to be priced at around $1,500. The brand’s current parent company Lenovo Group Inc. is planning to release the device as early as next month as per reports. They are also partnering with carriers such as Verizon to sell the device under contracts. (via The Wall Street Journal)
8. Xiaomi Planning To Launch The 5G Variant Of Mix 3
Earlier today, a tweet by Ben Geskin popped up, which is now deleted, claiming of an event by Xiaomi, possibly for the launch of the Mi Mix3 5G. If the tweet is to be taken into account, the launch comes just the day before the start of the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. This move would help Xiaomi grab all the media attention during the same. (via Slashgear)
9. Samsung Unpacked
Samsung has announced that its upcoming unpacked event will be held on 19th of February. Samsung will showcase its latest range of flagship smartphones in the S series in the event. According to leaks, there are a total of 3 devices coming up in the S10 range of devices.