Week 18 in review: Galaxy Z Fold3 to support S Pen, Xiaomi is back in the tablet game

It is time to look back to the more memorable stories that shaped the smartphone world in the past seven days. Leaked promo materials on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 and Z Fold3 revealed a bigger secondary screen for the clamshell, while the larger foldable phone will finally gain support for S Pen.

Apple is nowhere near a launch soon, but the rumor mill is already picking up pace. The iPhone 13 series will have 120Hz AMOLED screens provided by Samsung, but there will be zero foldable phones in the family – the first one is not expected until 2023.

Asus is also aiming for a company-first – its new Zenfone 8 flagship will have an IP68 rating, meaning it will be the first smartphone by the Taiwanese maker that is properly waterproof and dustproof. We have also seen leaked renders, suggesting one of the phones will be fairly compact, catering to a largely under-served niche.

Check out the full list of our most popular stories in the past week below.

Upgraded with an edge-to-edge screen and SpO2 sensor.

The Z Fold3 will have S Pen support, Z Flip3 switches to vertical cameras.

We’ve been hearing the fact that iPhones are going 120 Hz this year for a while now.

It will feature quad rear cameras and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The supplier has confirmed that it’s working on such sensors in the past.

The new platform is smoother than any OS seen on a Huawei smartphone.

The unreleased phone has been listed as a device that will get quarterly security updates.

Flagships like the Mi 9 or the Mi Mix 3 are likely to be left behind.

The company is having a conference in two weeks where we might see the new phone lineup.

This will be the first Asus smartphone to be waterproof and dustproof.

The source codes revealed three devices powered by Qualcomm’s sm8150 and sm8250 platforms.

The flagship line enjoyed four whole years of firmware support.

There are a bunch of security fixes headed your way.

A huge Samsung leak revealed what the Galaxy Z Flip3 will look like and some mock-up renders let us imagine the unreleased phone’s design.

The Zenfone 8 series will be unveiled on May 12.

The successor to last year’s popular S20 FE is expected to be announced in August.

No release date has been set on the new Pad Pro 2021 just yet.

Apps on the phone running EMUI 11 load a tad faster.

The lower-cost Pixel Buds may arrive as soon as Google I/O.

It’s everything the Redmi Note 10 Pro is… but adds 5G and probably a better chipset too.

Samsung will supply the flexible OLED panels.

It also features a 64MP triple camera.

The tablet will come in a total of five colors.

So far, the machine translations have only appeared in Portuguese and Turkish.

A much-needed update to the “Your Library” tab.


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