Week 32 served us a proper storm of announcements, but none bigger than those at Samsung’s Unpacked event. A couple new Note20 phones, a Galaxy Z Fold2 early look, two flagship tablets, a smartwatch and ANC-packing TWS earphones – it was the busiest single event in many a year.
Google unveiled its long delayed Pixel 4a mid-ranger, which looks rather dated on paper, but the company has often delivered smartphones that offer experience beyond what their hardware suggests.
HMD gave us the Nokia C3 entry level phone, as Realme and Oppo had announcements of their own – the V5 and the K7 5G, respectively. There was also a new vivo handset dubbed the S7 5G, while the HTC Wildfire E2 went on sale without much in the way of an announcement.
With so much new hardware going official you would think rumors wouldn’t gain much traction, but the Huawei Mate 40 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra still made headlines.
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It has an Xpress Key that lets you quickly launch Google Assistant or any other apps installed on the phone.
Both Notes have larger displays than their predecessors – a 120 Hz panel in the case of the Ultra, 60 Hz for the vanilla model.
The inner display now uses Ultra Thin Glass, which debuted on the Z Flip.
Samsung unveiled two new Galaxy Notes, the Z Fold 2, two Tab S7 slates, a smartwatch and its first noise cancelling ear buds.
The confirmation comes straight from the company.
This applies to Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Google’s Stadia as well. It’s why xCloud testing on iOS was ended early.
Three of them are Oppo phones, all of them are from Chinese brands.
Behold the Z Fold 2 in Mystic Bronze and Gray. It and the tablets can use the S Pen, the slates are also getting keyboard add-ons.
Samsung’s first truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation are here.
The S7+ has a larger 12.4″ AMOLED display while the S7 goes for an 11″ LCD.
The front camera has autofocus and can record 4K videos at 60 fps. It has dedicated night and vlog modes too.
The 6/128 GB version of the mid-ranger costs just CNY1,499 or about $215/â¬182.
Google’s mid-range Pixel is finally out.
It is already available in 50 countries and regions.
The new phone will feature an AMOLED screen with always-on display.
The transparent option will be the top offering with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB storage.
The phone will keep the circular camera design on the back with the flash on the left side.
These were created with help from students at the Parsons School of Design. Another designer is inspiring the look of OxygenOS 11 interface.
That’s up from two in theory, so it’s good news for longevity.
It packs an AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint reader and a battery with 30W fast charging support.
The company is facing supply issues as the US will block TSMC from producing more chips for Huawei starting in mid-September.
The display is curved, but doesn’t seem to be as waterfall-y as the Mate 30 Pro’s.
The Google Pixel 4a makes the mid-range Pixel offering greater.
This will be the largest Pixel ever – the 4 XL had only a 6.3″ display. Even the rumored Pixel 5 XL is said to have only a 6.12″ display.
It can be purchased in Russia for the local equivalent of around $120.
The duo is already up for pre-orders in the country.