This week, Xiaomi said that it won’t issue HyperOS updates to devices with unlocked bootloaders. And, phones with HyperOS will be harder to unlock. Right now, to unlock a Xiaomi phone, the company requires you to submit an application via their Windows app and wait one week until you can finally unlock the bootloader. Chinese HyperOS users will be required not only to wait out the one week, but also gain level 5 on their community forums. Users outside of China will have to wait for an official Xiaomi announcement on how the new unlocking process will work. Of course, if you lock back your device, you will immediately receive your next HyperOS update.
The iQOO 12 series was unveiled in China. Both phones have Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipsets, 144Hz displays, and impressive triple cameras on the back. The Pro has a higher-res 1440p panel, wireless charging, and a slightly bigger 5,100mAh battery. Both phones will go on sale in China on November 14, with the iQOO 12 Pro starting at CNY 4,999 (€642, INR 57,150), and the iQOO 12 at CNY 3,999 (€515, INR 45,700).
MediaTek announced the Dimensity 9300 with four Cortex-X4 cores and four Cortex-A720 cores – there are efficiency cores here. It will be intriguing to see how well the four ultra-fast X4 cores are cooled and the level of performance the Dimensity 9300 can offer in real life. We expect the Oppo Find X7 series and vivo X100 series to be among the first to use the new flagship SoC.
We worked very hard over the past few months to revamp our beloved battery test, and we’re proud to announce our Battery Life test 2.0. In keeping with the times, the new test focuses on video streaming and gaming, while keeping the staple call test and browsing test, albeit with a twist – scrolling web pages and touch input every 3 seconds! Gone is the Endurance Rating, say hello to the Active User Score – an estimate of how long the battery will last if you use the device with a mix of all four activities. One exciting feature is that you can adjust the Active Use Score based on your usage patterns and preferences. We are discontinuing the Endurance rating, and the new name more clearly conveys the change in our approach to battery testing.
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