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Week 48 in review: Poco M3, Redmi Note 9 trio official

Welcome to another week’s recap. The biggest story is the European Parliament’s vote in favor of users’ right to repair. Starting in January, countries like France will begin labeling smartphones, laptops and other electronics with a repairability score of 1 through to 10. This new label will help buyers find a device they’ll be able to easily repair instead of just replace down the line.

Also this week Pocophone announced the Poco M3 with a 6,000mAh battery that can go for days and even charge other devices. The Poco M3 is already on sale in the US for $129, and is hitting Europe on November 30, starting at €149.

Poco took the moment to reiterate that it’s no longer a Xiaomi sub-brand but rather a brand of its own.

Speaking of Xiaomi sub-brands, Redmi brought three smartphones to the Chinese market – the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 9 5G and Redmi Note 9 4G. The 9 Pro starts at CNY1,600 for the base 6/128GB model, the 9 5G at CNY 1,300 for the same configuration and the 9 4G starts at CNY1,000 for the 4/128GB model.

Japanеsе teardown experts Fomalhaut Techno Solutions have estimated the bill of materials for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro at $373 and $406, respectively. The most expensive component of the two iPhones is the Samsung-made OLED display, estimated at $70 a piece.

The India and China conflict brought new limitations from the Indian government on Chinese import of iPhones, Xiaomi and Oppo devices and 43 Chinese apps, among which AliExpress.

Those were the key stories of the week. The full list is down below. See you in another seven days!

France will begin labeling electronics with repairability ratings in January

A vote in the EU Parliament resulted in support of consumers’ Right to Repair.


Poco M3 is official with 6,000mAh battery that can charge other devices

The Poco M3 has a Snapdragon 662 chipset, 6.53-inch FHD+ screen, 48MP main camera.


Apple iPhone 12 Pro's bill of materials comes up to $406

South Korean components take up the largest share of the new iPhones.


Xiaomi unveils new Redmi Note 9 trio: Pro has a 108MP cam, 120 Hz screen

Two of the phones have 5G connectivity, the third model stick with 4G to lower costs.


The Galaxy Note20 is 50% off at Google Fi for Black Friday, Note20 Ultra at $799.99

It doesn’t make any sense at $1,000, but what if it only costs $500?


MacBook Air gets over 1 million points in AnTuTu, wipes the floor with an iPad Pro

While the A12Z chipset in the iPad uses older cores, it is – or rather, was – Apple’s fastest chipset, faster than even the A14 in the iPhone 12.


OnePlus 9 Pro renders reveal new design

It comes with a curved display and a rectangular camera cutout similar to the OnePlus 9 renders.


India obstructs import of iPhones, Xiaomi and Oppo devices built in China

The Bureau of Indian Standards has been delaying approvals since August.


Huawei announces schedule for stable EMUI 11 update

The P40 series and the Mate 30 Pro will get it before the end of this year, the rest are getting the update early next year.


Oppo is holding off on building rollable phones commercially

The Oppo X 2021 was a cool concept device, but there are no short-term plans to release a phone based on it to consumers.


Report: the Huawei P50 will use Kirin 9000 chips, Samsung and LG OLED displays

There were doubts whether Huawei will have sufficient supply of the flagship Kirin chip. Indeed, it was unclear if the P50 will launch at all.


Samsung Galaxy A12 and Galaxy A02s announced: 6.5

Both will go on sale next year.


Microsoft delayed production of the Xbox Series X and S consoles to get the full RDNA 2 feature set

Sony started production earlier and so the PlayStation 5 missed out on a few features of AMD’s latest architecture.


Indian Government bans 43 more Chinese apps including AliExpress

The new additions bring the total number of blocked Chinese apps in India to 267.


Redmi Watch announced with 1.4

The first Redmi smartwatch is here.


More images of Samsung Galaxy S21 (or S21+) cases surface

The renders show off the flat display and characteristic camera bump.


Redmi K30 5G starts receiving Android 11-based MIUI 12

The update is Beta Stable and, like the phone itself, China exclusive.


Ming-Chi Kuo: Demand for iPhone 12 Pro, M1 MacBooks, new iPad Air are higher than anticipated

The Apple analyst’s latest report covers AirPods 3, incoming M1 computers, and the latest Apple Watch sales.


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