This week, Chinese manufacturers have made a lot of talk. While Oppo wowed the world with a scrolling smartphone, Huawei, still stifled by the United States, decided to part ways with its subsidiary Honor. Meanwhile in the United States, Apple is revolutionizing the laptop. The tests of its new Macs with M1 chip are out… and computers with an Intel processor are out of date. Finally, in France, SFR was the first operator to launch its 5G network in Nice and is now awaiting a response from its competitors.
Huawei sauve Honor
In a short press release, Huawei announced this week that it has made the decision to sell Honor to a consortium of Chinese companies. The Chinese giant would recover 12.8 billion euros during this transition and explains wanting to help its subsidiary to survive, while tensions with the United States have been hitting its ability to manufacture smartphones for a year. Under its new shareholders, Honor should normally be able to recover Google services and become a serious player in the mobile phone again. Huawei, for its part, has obtained permission from the United States to use Qualcomm chips in its smartphones. Problem, these are only 4G. Qualcomm still does not have the right to supply 5G chips to the Chinese giant, which will inevitably disrupt its market.
• Huawei separates from Honor to spare him US sanctions
• Huawei will be able to buy processors from Qualcomm… but without 5G
• Trump will soon ban new Chinese companies
Oppo impresses with its X 2021
At the Inno Day conference in Shenzhen, Oppo created a sensation with augmented reality glasses and a scrolling smartphone. Its concept is quite simple: you press a button and the smartphone expands in width thanks to a motor. It’s hard not to be impressed by this hybrid device capable of going from 6.7 inches to 7.4 inches. The only unknowns: the price and the release date. As it stands, it’s a safe bet that this smartphone is only a concept and that its commercial successor will not arrive for several years.
• Oppo unveils scrolling smartphone and augmented reality glasses
5G is finally coming to France!
Since midday Friday, SFR 5G has been available in Nice. The operator in the red square, which belongs to the same group as 01net.com, claims to cover 50% of the population of Nice and is preparing other cities such as Montpellier, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes and Île-de-France. To connect to your 5G network, you must have a compatible offer and a phone on which SFR 5G is already deployed. Bouygues Télécom will launch its 5G on December 1, while Orange and Free have not yet given a date.
• SFR becomes the first operator in France to launch 5G and chooses the city of Nice
• SFR unveils four 5G mobile offers, one of which is unlimited
• Bouygues Telecom will launch 5G on December 1
Macs with M1 chip are unanimously tested
With its new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini, Apple is abandoning Intel processors for its own Apple Silicon technology, based on the ARM architecture. To everyone’s surprise, this transition borders on perfection. The new Mac M1s are faster than the more expensive Intel Macs, despite being Apple’s entry level. Rosetta 2, the software that translates Intel app code into ARM, gets all your old apps working with flying colors. Apple succeeds in its revolution and lets us guess a bright future for the Mac. Moreover, many developers have already updated their applications to natively support Apple chips.
• MacBook Pro 13 “M1 review: Apple Silicon spanks Intel chips and promises a bright future
• Apple Silicon: how to install your iOS and iPadOS applications on your Mac M1
• Google Chrome 87 becomes more fluid, consumes less power and supports Mac M1
• Apple Silicon: Adobe launches a beta version of Photoshop intended for Mac M1
Apple lowers its commission
At the same time, Apple announced this week to lower its commission on the App Store from 30% to 15% for small businesses, those with an App Store turnover of less than a million dollars. This good news for small developers has not pleased large companies who feel trapped by Apple as they have been calling for a change in policy for years. By doing so, Apple anticipates the outcome of investigations for anti-competitive practices concerning it.
• App Store: Apple lowers its commission from 30% to 15%… but Fortnite is not entitled to it
The PS5 breaks the web
Finally, Sony finally released its PS5 this Thursday. Problem, it was almost impossible to find her. The rare sites to offer stock broke down one after the other because of too many visitors looking for the holy grail. At 01net, we have been offering you our complete console test for a few hours.
• PlayStation 5 test: the Sony console has two major advantages to counter the Xbox Series X
• The PlayStation 5 arrives today: you can try to buy it again
01net.com looks forward to seeing you next Saturday for a new update on weekly news. No doubt we should be talking about Macs and next-gen consoles.