Week 29 in review: Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 renders surface, a bunch of new phones announced

0
9

For yet another week, the Nothing phone (1) is dominating our news section but this time around everyone was eager to see what our reviewers had to say about it since the phone went official last week.

We finally got the first official-looking press renders of the upcoming Samsung foldables – the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4. In other not-so-great Samsung news, the company allegedly decided to scrape the Galaxy S22 FE release in favor of manufacring more Galaxy S22 Ultra units.

Xiaomi revealed the Redmi K50i 5G in China with Dimensity 8100 SoC and 144Hz LCD panel. Nubia made headlines with its Z40S Pro smartphone running the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip.

Two other phones got to see broad daylight this week and that’s the iQOO 10 and 10 Pro – both running the SD 8+ Gen 1 with the latter boasting 200W fast charging.

And at long last WhatsApp brought support for cross-platform chat history transfer between iOS and Android. A long-awaited feature for years is finally available.

Check out the full list of popular news stories this week below.

Let’s look past all the hype and answer the important question – is this a good phone?


First official Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 press renders arrive

The renders reveal little in terms of design changes.


Qualcomm announces 4nm Snapdragon W5 and W5+ Gen 1 SoC for wearables

Oppo and Mobvoi will be the first to launch smartwatches with the new chipset.


Official: OnePlus will unveil the 10T and OxygenOS 13 on August 3

OnePlus will hold an in-person event in New York to unveil the 10T to the local market.


Redmi K50i 5G goes official with Dimensity 8100 and 144Hz LCD

It’s joined by the Redmi Buds 3 Lite.


Samsung cancels Galaxy S22 FE to boost S22 Ultra supply

The next Fan Edition smartphone will arrive in 2023.


Google Wallet update starts rolling out to Android users

The Google Pay app is now Google Wallet (again).


WhatsApp  now officially supports cross-platform chat transfers between iOS and Android

You no longer have to leave WhatsApp chats behind when switching ecosystems.


Confirmed without the puzzle: Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 are coming on August 10

There will be official teaser over the next three weeks, for the phones, but also the wearables that will be unveiled on the 10th.


Netflix explains how it will stop the widespread account sharing

The platform is adding an “Add a home” feature that will change the way the service is priced.


iQOO 10 brings SD 8+ Gen 1 chip, iQOO 10 Pro adds 200W fast charging

Both use the 8+ Gen 1 chip, in fact, in addition to the custom V1+ chip that helps with image processing from the GPU and the camera.


Google opens Pixel 6a pre-orders in 13 different markets

Countries in North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe are all getting the smartphone.


Oppo Watch 3 launches in August as the first smartwatch with the new Snapdragon W5 Gen 1

Mobvoi will follow-up with a new TicWatch “this fall”.


Xiaomi 12S Ultra BoM breakdown shows that the 1

That enormous 1″ sensor plus the two other Sony sensors on the back cost less than the Snapdragon chipset or the Samsung-made display.


Xiaomi Redmi K50 phone with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 incoming soon

William Lu, chief of Redmi, confirmed the brand is also getting a phone with the new chip.


Samsung Galaxy A24, A34, and A54 to launch without depth sensing cameras

The company allegedly plans to focus on the quality of the remaining cameras.


Image illustrates Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4's slimmer bezels on the cover display

That display will also be slightly shorter and wider, bringing it closer to a more conventional aspect ratio.


nubia Z40S Pro arrives with SD 8+ Gen 1, optional 120W fast charging

There are three models: one with 80W charging, one with 120W (including an 18GB/1TB model) and a sci-fi themed special edition unit.


Google Pixel 6a is up for pre-order in India, sale begins on July 28 alongside Pixel Buds Pro

The phone is INR43,999 ($550), the earbuds cost INR19,990 ($250).


The Head of Samsung's Security Team explains how the company keeps Galaxy devices safe

Dr. Shin is also a member of the INTERPOL DarkNet Working Group and led the development of Samsung Knox Vault.


Our Xiaomi 12S Ultra video reviews are out

We have a full review and another video offering a more detailed look at the camera capabilities.


OnePlus Ace Pro in the works with flagship chipset and 16 GB RAM

Some reports suggest it is the OnePlus 10T for the domestic audience.


Apple sends out iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6 with bug fixes and new live sports features

This might be the last update for the 15.x branch.


You can already reserve a new Galaxy Z foldable, Watch5 or Buds, will get $200 credit if you do

Samsung hasn’t announced the new Z Flip4 and Z Fold4, nor the new watches and buds, but the reservation process is simple and doesn’t require a downpayment.


Honor announces Pad 8 tablet with a 12-inch display and Snapdragon 680

The number in the name is for sequential purposes only.


Source