Lilbits 6-01-2020: Android 11 beta leaked early, postmarketOS turns 3, and a new PC stick

A month after Liliputing reported on a $190 PC stick with a dual-core Intel Gemini Lake processor called the MINISFORUM S40, a new model call the S41 is available. And it’s got a quad-core Gemini Lake processor, which should lead to a significant performance bump when it comes to multitasking or running multi-threaded applications. The […]

Sony Xperia 1 II coming July 24 for $1200 (4K display, Snapdragon 865, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage)

Sony’s latest flagship smartphone is up for pre-order in the United States and… it’s expensive. First announced in February, the Sony Xperia 1 II is a phone with a 6.5 inch, 3840 x 1644 pixel HDR OLED display with 643 pixels per inch, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor,  8GB of RAM, 256GB of UFS storage and Zeiss […]

Lilbits 399: Huawei’s chips, OnePlus x-ray cam, and Facebook gets GIPHY

Earlier this week the US government extended its order prohibiting US companies from using telecommunications equipment from Huawei or ZTE by another year. Now the Trump Administration has introduced a new executive order that could make things even more difficult for Huawei. US companies were already blocked from selling equipment and intellectual property to the […]

Sony Xperia 1 II smartphone features Zeiss II cameras, 5G, and a confusing name

Sony’s follow-up to last year’s Xperia 1 flagship phone has a similar design, display, and camera setup. But the new Sony Xperia 1 II sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G modem, making it the company’s first 5G smartphone. The new model also has a bigger battery, more memory and storage, and support for higher-capacity […]

Sony has trouble meeting demand for smartphone camera sensors (due to rise of multi-camera phones)

Sony makes the camera image sensors used in many of the world’s smartphones. But a lot of modern phones don’t just have a camera on the back and another on the front anymore — they have multiple cameras to add support for things like depth-sensing, wide-angle shots or telephoto zoom photos. And it turns out […]

Sony’s next Xperia Compact phone could have bigger screen, smaller body

There was a time when smartphones with screens larger than four inches were considered extra large. Those days are long gone, and now it’s hard to find phones with screens as small as five inches or less. But Sony has been making “compact” editions of many of its top phones for years, and it looks like […]