ANDROID THREATENED BY A NEW TROJAGE HORSE
Not a week goes by without a new threat against Android users. Zimperium computer security researchers have discovered a new Trojan, dubbed Grift Horse, which uses social engineering to trick its victims into giving out their phone numbers. This Trojan is present in more than 135 applications available on the Play Store as well as on other third-party application stores. The hackers get your phone numbers to subscribe without your knowledge to several fictitious services overpriced. Visit our news to discover the complete list of apps infected by Grift Horse.
Read: Play Store: beware, these 135 Android applications secretly subscribe to expensive services!
SAMSUNG REVISITS THE DESIGN OF ITS GALAXY S22 ULTRA
The first renderings that appeared on the web of the Galaxy S22 Ultra did not seduce the crowds, in particular because of its rectangular and rather cold design and its rear photo unit. But the Galaxy S22 Ultra was entitled to new renderings following the details provided by the leakers. OnLeaks has indeed received a reaction from the Ice Universe leaker noting that the chassis would actually be more streamlined and uniform, going above the volume buttons instead of surrounding them. OnLeaks also offers a second version, this time with a dual photo sensor on the back. These are only hypotheses and it is still too early to know the final design of the device, but we can still hope to discover a more modern and sleek Ultra smartphone than expected.
Read: Galaxy S22 Ultra: The failed photo block design will soon be a thing of the past
THE XIAOMI 12 IS ON THE QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 898
The Xiaomi 12 should carry an LTPO OLED screen, a 50 megapixel triple photo sensor, a 5000 mAh battery and LPDDR5X memory. According to Equal Leaks, the Xiaomi 12 will above all be the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 898 SoC. The chipset would be accompanied by the 5G Snapdragon X65 modem. Engraved in 5nm by TSMC, the chip promises performance up 20% compared to the Snapdragon 888. The launch of the Xiaomi 12 is expected in the course of the first quarter of 2022.
Read: The Xiaomi 12 will be the first smartphone with Snapdragon 898, it is confirmed
OUR TESTS OF THE WEEK
One year after the iPhone 12, here, here is… the iPhone 13. We take stock of three models in the range: the “standard” model, the Mini and the Pro Max.
The iPhone 13 is extremely close to the iPhone 12 both aesthetically and technologically, but the improvements that have been made to it are not negligible. An elegant design, a crisp screen, a larger battery for improved autonomy. We also note the audio, photo and video improvement. The new 12-megapixel photo sensor is very bright, except when using the wide angle. We appreciate the very good optical stabilizer and the microphone on the back for stereo sound recording, but the obligation to acquire an audio accessory to enjoy spatial sound is a bad point for the iPhone. We would have liked to see a wall outlet in the box to take advantage of the 20 watt charge and a shell, even basic, to protect this beautiful smartphone.
Read: Apple iPhone 13 review: hidden improvements, but so important
“Mini” does not mean that the ultra-compact version of the 13 range includes lower quality components or offers second-rate services. It’s a real iPhone 13, but 24% more compact. We particularly appreciate its beautiful bright screen and its very good battery life for its small size. Unfortunately, apart from some minor software evolutions (Smart HDR 4, photographic styles…) and hardware (stabilization by moving the sensor, new SoC, double eSIM…), the iPhone 13 Mini left us a little bit hungry. Good point, however, for the major novelty of Cinematic mode.
Read: iPhone 13 mini review: small size, but great potential
The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers several notable improvements over previous generations: its 120 Hz ProMotion screen offers incredible navigation and responsiveness, its battery life is significantly greater, and its photo and video performance is impressive. Almost perfect, the Pro Max still has some notable flaws: Cinematic mode is not yet developed, fast charging is too slow compared to Android competitors and we were disappointed to see the increase in weight of the device. . Despite its few flaws, the iPhone 13 Pro Max easily stands out as one of the best smartphones on the market.
Read: iPhone 13 Pro Max review: here is the almost perfect smartphone
Xiaomi returns to the entry-level market with the Redmi 10, a smartphone sold at 179 euros. For this small price, users will be happy to discover a screen well calibrated in standard mode, and a satisfactory autonomy. Obviously, the product does not sparkle: its design is a little cheap, fast charging is not at all and the smartphone is extremely lacking in power. Even if it could be sufficient for communication applications, we cannot recommend enough to direct you instead towards the Redmi Note 10, a few tens of euros more expensive, but much better on all points.
Read: Redmi 10 test: a smartphone at a mini price, but too fair to convince