Monday, March 8

Honor sold by Huawei, characteristics of the Galaxy S21 and performance of the Apple M1 – the main news of the week

On the menu for this tech week: as expected, Huawei has sold its Honor brand to a consortium; a huge leak revealed the characteristics of the entire range of Samsung Galaxy S21s long before their presentation; the Apple M1 shows promising results on the graphics part, according to new benchmark results.


Huawei and Honor, the divorce is official

Rumors were growing about a resale of the Honor brand by its parent company Huawei. It is now official. The Chinese giant has sold its subsidiary to a consortium of 40 companies united under the name of “Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology”, for an unknown amount – the sum of 12.8 billion euros had however been previously mentioned.

For Honor, this separation will allow him to move away from Huawei’s problems, still subject to a cumbersome American embargo. The manufacturer should be able to regain control of its technologies, but also recover the Google Play Store on its mobile devices. Now seeing how the company will manage its future, it which was rather dependent on Huawei in the design of its products.

Samsung Galaxy S21: all specifications disclosed

Expected during the month of January 2021, the Samsung Galaxy S21 will have almost no secrets to deliver at this rate. This week, a new massive leak of their specifications made a large part of their datasheets public. The three new Samsung flagships should thus integrate the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 (but an Exynos 2100 for Europe).

The Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra should also benefit from different battery capacities: respectively 4000 mAh, 4800 mAh and 5000 mAh. Not to mention Full HD + screens of 6.2 and 6.7 inches for the first two named against a WQHD + panel of 6.8 inches for the third. Other elements were revealed on this occasion that you can find in this full article.

Apple M1: promising first benchmarks

The Apple M1 chip promised on paper high performance: the first benchmark results in any case confirm the statements of the Californian group. Passing on GFXBench 5.0, the graphics part of the new chip has indeed tamed the GeForce GTX 1050Ti and Radeon RX 560 on many points.

But let’s calm things down a bit: GFXBench is not the optimal tool for measuring the performance of graphics cards, since it is above all a benchmark designed for smartphone SoCs, as recalled by Tom’s Hardware. The fact that the two aforementioned products are older generation cards is also a factor to take into account.

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