Scoot over OnePlus 11, you’re being replaced
OnePlus typically announces its phones in the first quarter of the year — the OnePlus 11, for instance, came out in February this year. While the OnePlus 11’s launch is still fairly fresh in our memories, reports have already started surfacing about the next OnePlus flagship, which could be at least half a year away. The newly leaked renders of the alleged OnePlus 12 give us an early glimpse at the direction OnePlus phones are headed.
Setting the standard for how phones should be built
After months of lapping up the slow trickle of leaks, we finally got our hands on the Nothing Phone 2 in all its glory yesterday. This $600 mid-ranger has an iconic glyph design and a rather iPhone-like chiseled shape ready to woo lovers of Android. However, unique designs are no good if they come at the cost of the phone’s structural integrity. In the quest to answer this question, Zach Nelson of the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel took the Nothing Phone 2 through his classic durability test. The results of the test are exemplary, to say the least.
Some more hands-on photos of Samsung's next flagship foldable have surfaced online
Samsung is gearing up to announce the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 at its Galaxy Unpacked event on July 26th. While the company has been trying to plug all the leaks surrounding its upcoming devices, it has not met with much success so far. After numerous leaks of press renders and marketing images, some Galaxy Z Fold 5 hands-on pictures also popped up on the internet last week. Now, more photos of the phone have appeared online, showing its design.
Downloads are now available, just a few days behind the rest of the Pixel family
Google's currently in the middle of maybe its biggest summer for new hardware in years, welcoming devices like the Pixel 7a, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Fold to the party. Those new models all hit the ground running, and Google was quick to show them the same solid software support the Pixel name is known for. Last week marked the arrival of the July update for Pixel devices, and while we saw it land for the vast majority of hardware, the Pixel Fold was curiously absent. Today Google finally sets things right, releasing the Fold's July patch.
A leaker pins the launch to early October at a starting price of $650
Google launched the Pixel 7a with a small $50 price hike compared to its predecessor, so one of the first questions asked was: What will this mean for the rest of the lineup? If the latest rumors are to be believed, the Google Pixel 8 will see a similar price adjustment, becoming just a tad pricier than its predecessor at launch.
Sacrifices were made to make this foldable as thin as possible
Smartphones were already expensive, fragile devices before foldables even entered the scene. As impressive as this new hardware looks, we're understandably nervous about how well each of these devices is built, and want to be sure it all will hold up to long-term use. Google introduced its first foldable, the Pixel Fold, a few weeks back. Unfortunately, reviews found it leaving a bit to be desired, and now a new teardown of the phone reveals just how far Google seems to have cut corners.
Don't expect a Snapdragon-powered S23 FE
Contrary to rumors from earlier this year, recent leaks have all but confirmed that Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy S23 FE in 2023. The Fan Edition phone could release in Q3 in some markets, with a wider launch to follow in the next two quarters. Leaked renders have also revealed the phone's design, indicating it may not look anywhere like its other S23 siblings. Sadly, the Galaxy S23 FE will reportedly miss out on a major component that has played a key role in the Galaxy S23 lineup's success.
Say hello to the 'OnePlus Open'
Although Samsung continues to be at the forefront of foldable smartphones with devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, rival manufacturers have ramped up their efforts in producing competing products, with the Google Pixel Fold being the most recent example. While companies like Vivo and Tecno already have book-style foldables in the market, we've also learned pretty early on about OnePlus joining the fray with the V Fold. New reporting now suggests that this may not be the device's official name. Instead, the company could end up calling its first-ever foldable the OnePlus Open.
Honor's new budget flagship, sharing the stage with the Honor Pad X9, looks like it's making all the right tradeoffs
Honor has announced its latest budget flagship smartphone at a launch event in Paris, the Honor 90. The new phone is the successor to the Honor 80 and the Honor 70. It packs almost all the goodies you could want in a great budget smartphone, with a big 120Hz screen, a 200MP camera, and fast 66W charging, complete with unique designs on some of its colorways. It’s joined by the Honor Pad X9, the company’s latest entertainment and education-focused tablet.
Fairphone partners with Murena to bring a de-Googled phone to the country
Fairphone has always aimed to persuade the entire industry to act more responsibly for consumers and the environment by establishing a market for ethical products. However, its user-repairable smartphones have traditionally been hard to snag outside of Europe without paying hefty import fees. The Dutch company is now selling devices outside of that market with the launch of the Fairphone 4 in the United States, but there's a big caveat.
Except for the Galaxy Watch 6 series
After months of leaks and rumors, Samsung confirmed that its 2023 foldable lineup will launch at an Unpacked event on July 26th. Apart from the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5, the Galaxy Tab S9 lineup and Galaxy Watch 6 will also debut at the event. Despite Samsung's efforts to prevent leaks, numerous details about these devices have popped up in recent weeks. Adding salt to the Korean giant's wounds, a new leak shares extensive press renders of the Flip Z, Fold 5, and Tab S9 from all angles.
Key display and camera specs of Nothing’s second phone have leaked
Carl Pei-led Nothing is gearing up to launch its second smartphone, the Nothing Phone 2, on July 11. The young startup has been hyping the phone's launch for a few months now, sharing teaser images and other tidbits. With less than a week to go for the unveiling, the company upped the hype quotient on the phone by revealing its design and giving a demo of its updated glyph interface. While Nothing has tried to keep other key specs of the Phone 2 under wraps, a new leak has spilled the beans on its camera and display specs.
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If it's summertime, you know Samsung has new hardware coming. While the season used to be dominated by the Galaxy Note series, the last few years have seen the company launch their latest foldables ahead of the incoming holiday shopping season. If Google failed to sway you on the Pixel Fold, Samsung's ready to unveil its next-gen hardware. Galaxy Unpacked is officially set for Wednesday, July 26th at a brand-new location.
A phone is only as strong as the weakest component
Google unveiled the Pixel Fold at the annual I/O developer conference earlier this year. Although it reeked of first-generation hardware with its early adopter-centric $1,800 price tag and zealous marketing claims, we were hopeful the device would prove its worth. Thankfully, YouTube has given us creators like Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything fame, who speedruns electronics through a lifetime’s worth of abuse in a few brief minutes. Google made interesting design choices with the Pixel Fold, and it does not surprise us to find out some of the durability test results.
A small update following the big June Feature Drop
Google only published the big June Feature Drop with tons of new capabilities a few weeks ago, and now, the company is back on track with the regular security patch schedule. The July security update has been published, and it’ll roll out to Pixel phones soon. We’re looking at the usual few bug fixes, but don’t expect any big new additions until Android 14 launches in stable later this year.
The manufacturer is also teasing a white variant
Carl Pei’s Nothing Phone 1 left quite an impression on us, and the world now eagerly awaits its sequel, with the Nothing Phone 2’s debut slated for July 11. Although the launch is just days away, hype has been building for months, and we have already gleaned quite a bit of info about what to expect, with Pei himself sharing a few key details like the processor and plans for a stateside launch. Now, Nothing and YouTuber Marques Brownlee of MKBHD fame are giving us an early look at the Nothing Phone 2’s hardware design.
The Horizon we missed has returned
Whenever Google introduces some new phones, like it did with last year's Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, we expect a certain amount of stuff that's going to be at least momentarily exclusive to this latest generation, like with Photo Unblur. Pixel phones don't only get tools like that, though, and also include exclusive wallpapers — like the Feathers collection or the Live Bloom wallpapers. After sitting out a couple recent releases, Google is now bringing back one live wallpaper that might just ring a bell.
This should be one of the thinnest foldable phones ever
During MWC Shanghai, Honor announced that it's launching its next foldable on July 12. Just a few days later, the company is giving us a first hint at what to expect, with a new teaser image showing some outlines and parts of what could be one of the best competitors to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and the Google Pixel Fold — even if it may never be released in the US.
The updates contain the latest security fixes and nothing else
Samsung is quick to update its devices to the latest security patch at the start of every month. The best part is that the company rolls out the update for all its premium devices around the same time. It's not like it prefers its current flagship model while delaying the build for its older flagship phones. In the US, the July 2023 patch's first rolled out for the Galaxy S23 series on T-Mobile's network. In Europe, though, the Galaxy S22 is the first phone from the Korean giant's stable to get the patch.
Curvier edges and a flat display
Google's Pixel 8 lineup is nearly four months away from its launch. But the phone's renders and some marketing images have already leaked online, revealing the design changes Google has in store for this year's refresh. Now, some hands-on photos of the Pixel 8 Pro have surfaced online, thanks to a tester who received the unit from Google's device team for testing. The person went on to share the phone's pictures on Reddit, breaking the NDA in the process.