Update: Xiaomi has confirmed there will be no in-box charger.
Update December 26: It has been officially confirmed via the Mi 11 Weibo channel (in Chinese) – Xiaomi will not include a charger in the box for its upcoming flagship smartphones.
A live image of supposed Xiaomi Mi 11 packaging has sparked speculation that the Chinese OEM has done away with the charger in a similar fashion as Apple did with the iPhone 12. If true, it would be seen as somewhat ironic as it wasn’t that long ago that Xiaomi was trolling Apple for making this purportedly environmentally driven decision. But it seems when it comes to Apple, Xiaomi just can’t help being “inspired” by the Cupertino company.
The photo, shared by Digital Chat Station, shows two phone boxes being placed together in a size comparison. One has “iPhone” printed on it and is presumably for the Apple iPhone 12 (according to the tipster) while the other has “Xiaomi 11” plastered on it. That in itself is a little strange, as Xiaomi smartphones usually have “Mi” printed on the side rather than “Xiaomi”.
However, it is the size of the Mi 11 (Xiaomi 11) packaging that has created the discussion of what could be inside, as it is only slightly larger than the iPhone 12 box. One source has opined that Xiaomi might sell the charger as an optional accessory during the order stage, so users who are already in possession of the appropriate charger can enjoy receiving a smaller box. A speculated additional fee of 100 yuan (US$15/£11/€12) for the power adapter could be implemented.
MDA gets $35.3 million contract from Canadian Space Agency for Canadarm 3 components – CTV News
The Canadian Space Agency has awarded a contract worth $35.3 million to MDA Ltd. to design a key component of Canadarm 3.
The funds will be used to design Gateway External Robotics Interfaces or grapple fixtures for Canadarm 3, which is Canada’s contribution to the United States-led Lunar Gateway, a small space station that will orbit the moon.
The contract is a follow-on to the first phase of interface work awarded in August 2019. A construction phase will likely be awarded in about a year.
The first elements of Gateway will launch in 2024, with Canadarm 3 scheduled to launch two years later.
The contract is the third awarded to MDA for the multi-phase Canadarm 3 program valued at more than $1 billion.
Canadarm flew on 90 space shuttle missions after debuting in 1981. Canadarm 2 has been operating on the International Space Station for more than 20 years.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.
Motorola's next Edge flagship phone might drop the curved display – Yahoo Canada Shine On
Motorola might soon release a sequel to its flagship Edge phones — albeit without their signature feature. OnLeaks and Pricebaba have shared what they say are CAD-based renders of the standard Edge 20, and Motorola appears to have dropped the highly curved “endless” display in favor of a 6.7-inch flat screen. It would be just another phone on the outside, even if the 120Hz,1080p panel could make it feel extra-responsive.
You’d also get a triple rear camera system that reportedly includes a 108MP primary sensor, a 16MP secondary cam and an 8MP tertiary sensor (likely for telephoto and wide-angle shots). This regular Edge 20 model would be an upper mid-tier device on the inside between a Snapdragon 778G chip, up to 8GB of RAM, a peak 256GB of storage and a 4,000mAh battery.
There is a chance the rumored Edge 20 Pro would keep the curved screen, and it might offer improved performance from the Snapdragon 870. An Edge 20 Lite is supposedly in the works as well. If Motorola does use this design for the mainstream Edge 20, though, it signals a change of tack. Rather than relying on an eye-catching (if somewhat impractical) design for the entire Edge line, it would focus on delivering value for the money. It’s just a question of whether or not the price will be low enough to draw you away from rivals.
Oppo Watch 2 leaks ahead of July 27 launch, but will it get the new Wear OS 3? – Android Authority
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- Renders of the Oppo Watch 2 have leaked.
- Successor to the Wear OS-powered Oppo Watch, the new wearable will launch on July 27.
In the four images of the Oppo Watch 2 leaked by Blass, we see a square-shaped device that looks akin to its predecessor. It’s got two buttons on the right side and the renders depict blue, red, and black colorways for the straps.
One of the leaked images of the Oppo Watch 2 shows that it’ll have the ability to receive calls, something we also saw on the original Oppo Watch. A retail listing of the smartwatch on China’s JD.com confirms that it’ll feature eSIM support in its home market. This was also the case with the previous Oppo Watch. However, it remains to be seen if the second-gen Oppo Watch will come with eSIM capabilities globally.
Meanwhile, another render of the Oppo Watch 2 shows map directions on display. This suggests the device could come with built-in GPS like the first-gen Oppo Watch.
Oppo Watch 2 specs
Under the hood, the Oppo Watch 2 could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Plus SoC coupled with the Ambiq Apollo 4s coprocessor. The second chip is expected to help the smartwatch run a low-powered RTOS in addition to the main operating system.
As for the latter, it’s unclear if the Oppo Watch 2 will feature Wear OS this time around. With the Snapdragon 4100 Plus at its core, the wearable should technically be able to run Google’s new Wear OS 3. However, Google recently shared a list of current and future supported devices for the software and the Oppo Watch 2 wasn’t on it. That said, things could change by the time the Oppo Watch 2 steps out of China.
Elsewhere, the Oppo Watch 2 is rumored to have seven models divided into 42mm and 46mm sizes. It might get 16GB of storage, up from 8GB on the current model. It is also tipped to feature stress detection, remote camera control, a tweaked UI, and a new Relax app. However, these findings only pertain to the Chinese model of the smartwatch.
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