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January 2, 2022

⚡ Happy New Year! Welcome to a bright shiny edition of The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 175th edition here with the Xiaomi Series 12 launch, what to expect at CES 2022, and more.


🥳 New Year's Eve celebrations in Scotland were canceled due to the pandemic, but I was actually glad to have a cozy meal at home and some gaming time with family — giving The Medium a go right now, but I'm not brave enough to play alone!

Popular news this week

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Xiaomi

Xiaomi:

  • The Xiaomi 12 Series launched on December 28 in China, bringing faster charging, better displays, and camera improvements: Both the Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC — the Xiaomi 12 has a 6.28-inch AMOLED 120HZ screen compared to the 6.73-inch display on the Pro, battery life comes in at 4,500mAh and 4,600mAh respectively, and while the Pro offers 120W wired charging, you’re stuck with 67W wired charging on the regular model. The Pro also launches with MIUI 13.
  • Speaking of, MIUI 13 launched too: The latest version of Xiaomi’s Android skin features performance, security, and design updates as well as a tablet version, MIUI 13 Pad.
  • The Xiaomi Watch S1 also launched alongside the Xiaomi 12 Series with a sapphire glass lens, stainless steel body, 12-day battery life, and more for under $200 in China.

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Features

Weekly Wonder
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The Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) is the world’s largest tech convention, held in-person this year in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 5 to 8. Although many major players like Intel, AMD, Amazon, Nvidia, Microsoft, and Google have already canceled plans to attend in person due to the pandemic, things are still going ahead as planned, and there’s plenty to anticipate.

We thought we’d take a look at what to expect this year, including some of the more weird and wonderful concepts and products.

Samsung:

  • We’re not expecting to see flagship devices from Samsung, though some are anticipating the announcement of the Galaxy S21 FE (originally tipped for a January 11 launch. More likely to make an appearance are some new mid-tier handsets (possibly some A-series phones).
  • Samsung’s also likely to introduce its QD-OLED (Quantum Dot OLED) panel technology, and some colorful fridges with integrated cameras are also on the horizon.
  • And Samsung’s C-Lab division’s projects showcased at CES will include an AI-powered smartphone app that aims to improve your device habits, a smart guitar with built-in LEDs to help you learn, and a multifunctional modular serving robot.

Sony:

  • New TVs, sound systems, headsets, and PlayStation-related things are all a possibility from Sony this year — rumors say to expect some premium headphones, a new lineup of digital media players, wireless speakers, and some new 4K and 8K screens.

Motorola:

  • We’re expecting the Moto Edge X in early 2022, but could we see Motorola announce it at CES? Watch this space…

TCL:

  • We may see the TCL 30 series launch at this year’s event: TCL announced the TCL 20 5G and TCL 20 SE at last year’s CES, so we’ll have to wait and see. We could also see new 6-series Mini LED TVs, following last year’s TCL 6-series 8K.

Nvidia:

  • Nvidia promises to “address the latest breakthroughs in accelerated computing, from design and simulation to gaming and autonomous machines” at CES this year, so while we’re not expecting new GPUs, anything’s possible.

Intel:

  • Intel’s been working on its GPUs, with rumors rife that they might be announced at CES 2022. We might also get some news about their Alder Lake CPUs.

LG:

Weird and wonderful

There are some really exciting concepts that we could see at this year’s event, too — here are just a few that stand out:

  • The Owo Game Haptic Vest, which lest you feel being shot, punched, and even insect bites — though not sure why any of these are good things (!) — and LG’s egg-like Media Chair.
  • XPG imagines a gaming mouse that can store 1TB of games: The XPG Vault is a “concept” mouse that CES 2022 attendees can get a peek at, featuring a built-in SSD to make gaming libraries truly portable from your mouse. According to XPG’s official press release shared by The Verge, the “current prototype can integrate up to 1TB of Solid State memory running at 985MB/s, with USB-C connectivity.

We’ll be covering the event next week, so stay tuned for all the latest.

Tech Calendar
  • January 4: OnePlus Pro 10 launch date announced
  • Until January 5: Steam Winter Sale
  • Until January 19: PlayStation’s holiday sale
  • January 5-8: CES 2022
  • January 11: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launch?
  • January 28: Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection comes to PS5
  • February 28-March 3: MWC Barcelona

Tech Tweet of the Week

This is the last Christmas-related thing I’ll share until next year, promise:

— Zaid Admani (@AdmaniExplains) December 28, 2021

Resolving to not make any New Year’s resolutions I can’t keep this year,

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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