Week 27 in review: Galaxy F22 goes official, OnePlus gets in hot water with Geekbench

It might be summer and scorching heat in the northern hemisphere, but the smartphone world is not taking a rest, and we saw plenty of smartphone action in the past seven days. Tecno’s first premium smartphone went on sale, while Samsung introduced the Galaxy F22 in India.

Oppo Reno6 series is getting a new family member – the Reno6 Z 5G. It will be launched on July 21 and will have 5G capabilities.

Qualcomm launched its Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders phone – a showcase product that demonstrates all the fancy features the Snapdragon 888 can offer in a smartphone. It has a price tag of $1,500, but it doesn’t appear that the San Diego company will try too hard to sell it.

OnePlus confirmed the Nord 2 5G launch date. The company also got tangled in a bit of a drama – Geekbench delisted all OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro smartphones from its database after alleged manipulation.

It appears OxygenOS limits the performance of apps to extend battery life but did not apply the same filter to the benchmarking platform, which, according to Geekbench, is a form of cheating. OnePlus did confirm it is optimizing apps on its devices, raising the debate whether this is the same type of manipulation that other companies did with enabling special high-performance modes for synthetic benchmarking.

Initially, the phone can be found in Nigeria and Kenya and it should expand to more markets soon.

The new Purple Reno6 is already up for grabs in China and will likely remain exclusive to that market.

Prices start from INR12,499 ($170/€140).

The phone will come with a pair of Qualcomm-tuned earbuds, bumper case, and the phone is curated with all of Qualcomm’s technologies.

For just $99 you can have a smartphone with Android 9 the size of a candy bar.

The display will have 1080p+ resolution and only two curved sides. The secondary display on the rear will be larger than Mi 11 Ultra’s display.

Pre-orders are already up, sale begins on July 21.

It’s been hotly debated whether the Z Fold3 5G would have a punch-hole or under-display camera.

Apple has traditionally used “X” to denote more powerful chipsets with more cores. The M2 should switch to a new architecture and a new node.

Also features a larger stand, more internal storage, and improved speakers.

But it will be a newer, more refined version of the current 108MP ISOCELL HM3 unit.

OnePlus and MediaTek added additional AI features to the base Dimensity 1200 to help with the camera, media playback and other tasks.

That’s Singles’ Day (11.11) in China, a big annual shopping event and a good time to launch a new product – unless the flagship gets delayed, again.

Leakster IceUniverse says that Qualcomm will split the orders between the two foundries. The Snapdragon 888+ stuck with Samsung.

The behavior seen on the OnePlus 9 Pro was on purpose.

It’s going to be smaller than its predecessor.

The upcoming line is said to pack bigger charging coils.

This design uses a single panel for both the internal and the external displays.

The phone can be had for lower than ever before.

The iPhone class of 2021 will be the last one with a 5.4” device.

LG is gearing up to produce next year’s LTPO OLED panels for iPhone 14.

Other OnePlus devices will be reviewed as well.

It is yet another rebranding, and a baffling one at that.

The phone will be a bit smaller than the S20 FE and will feature a new 32 MP main cam, 12 MP ultra wide and 8 MP tele. 

Some of the major changes could take up to two years to be fully implemented.


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