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April 12, 2021
Tablet time
Apple iPad Pro 2020 on table

Two bits of new tablet news for your Monday. 

The first is some Bloomberg reporting that suggests while Apple is facing a supply shortage of upcoming high-end Mini-LED iPad Pro displays, it will still launch in April. That means the problem might be actually getting one if that’s what you’re after:

That’s not because of the chip shortage necessarily, but low yields on manufacturing the cutting edge Mini-LED displays is causing difficulties:

  • “But [Apple’s] overseas suppliers are dealing with poor manufacturing yields … At least one of the MiniLED makers has had to recently pause production as a result.
  • Apple still intends to announce updated iPad Pro tablets in two sizes as early as this month, other people familiar with its product road map said. 
  • The MiniLED screen, which will improve contrast ratios and deliver a brighter picture, will be exclusive to the pricier 12.9-inch model. 
  • The production hiccup could mean that the larger iPad Pro will ship later and be available in constrained quantities to begin with, the people said.”

In case you need a reminder on what exactly Mini-LED displays are, which in short is the best kind of LCD possible, and why they’re not quite the OLED-adjacent Micro-LED tech, there’s a good explainer here. We’ve seen TVs with Mini-LEDs, but not more personal electronics yet.

Xiaomi’s tablets

On the other hand, a leak suggests Xiaomi is working on a powerhouse tablet series. That’s something because we haven’t seen a new Xiaomi tablet since 2018 with its Mi Pad 4 range, almost three years ago. Those leaks build on previous leaks so there’s at least some hope for the level of accuracy here.

Details:

  • According to the leaks, three tablets are in development, with the two highest-end options sporting a Snapdragon 870 chipset (aka the Snapdragon 865 Plus …Plus), while the lowest spec option is a Snapdragon 860 chipset (the 2021 overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855 Plus).
  • All three, though, have some nice sounding specs: quad rear camera setups (main/ultra-wide/macro/depth), wireless charging, quad speakers, NFC, and 120Hz IPS LCD screens.
  • No real word on sizes yet.
  • It could all point towards a Mi Pad 5 range, which would do battle with the world of iPad, and Samsung’s solid tablet range in the Tab S7 and S7 Plus.
  • Not quite as exciting as a Mini-LED tablet but Xiaomi’s likely to price these well below Apple’s iPad Pro offerings.
Roundup

💵 LG is massively discounting its LG Wing, in India. No word on this, but maybe other regions too? (Android Authority).

📅 Report: Samsung expected to launch Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 2 in July (Android Authority).

👀 First Galaxy S21 FE renders have emerged, looking very close to a vanilla S21, but without a color-accented rear camera module, and 6.4-inch size over the S21’s 6.2-inch. August release? (Android Authority).

📺 Logitech officially discontinues its Harmony remotes, which were never great but still the best option on the market (The Verge).

⚖ Oops: Google seems to have been caught red handed in allegedly giving its ad system an advantage via a special project, with erroneously unredacted court documents spilling the beans. Court public docket error in your favor1 (WSJ).

🎮 If you read the tea leaves and believe: Xbox-Nintendo announcement possibly teased by insiders (Comicbook).

🔮 Nine years later: “15 technologies I thought my son would never use”, rated for accuracy (Tom’s Hardware).

🚀 Lego has a new 2,354-piece NASA Space Shuttle set, and seems good (Ars Technica).

🔋 EVs: VW teases larger ID.6 electric SUV ahead of auto show debut (Engadget), and the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS has emerged with this a first drive review of a new Merc that defines the large luxury EV market (CNET).

🚁 Mars helicopter flight delayed to no earlier than April 14 after initial high-speed blade spin test failed successfully. Yes, that’s what I meant to write (NASA).

🌋 “How do scientists actually know what material the Earth’s core is made out of?” (r/askscience).

Monday Meme
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Cheers,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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