Welcome to another week’s recap, let’s get started. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A52, A52 5G and Galaxy A72. All three phones are already on sale – the Galaxy A52 4G and A72 4G offering Snapdragon 720 chipsets and 90Hz refresh screens, while the Galaxy A52 5G has Snapdragon 750 chipset and 120Hz screen.
Speaking to investors, Samsung’s co-CEO DJ Koh has revealed that Samsung could skip unveiling a Galaxy Note in 2021, due to a “serious imbalance” in semiconductor market globally. He did add that next year the lineup should be back on track, reassuring Note fans that the lineup is still in the company’s future plans.
The OnePlus 9 series will arrive next week (March 23) and it was heavily featured in our top stories this week. It appears that both the OnePlus 9 and the OnePlus 9 Pro will have an LTPO OLED display, capable of running a QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate at the same time. The LTPO backplane technology will allow the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro’s displays to go between 120Hz and 1Hz to maximize smoothness and battery life.
The pair of phones will also come with 2 years of warranty, instead of the usual 1 year – great news for everyone living outside the EU. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 9 Pro scored 660k on AnTuTu this week. Finally, the OnePlus Watch specs leaked – the wearable expected to join the phones at the event next week. It will feature an SpO2 sensor, IP68 element-resistance and optional LTE connectivity.
A day after OnePlus, Realme will drop its 8 series. The Realme 8 Pro will premiere the 108MP camera sensor in the lineup.
Another announcement for next week is the Poco X3 Pro, slated for March 22. It’s expected to start at €269 for a 6/128GB model and run a Snapdragon 860 chipset.
The final major story was the Asus ROG Phone 5 failing its durability test. Despite having the standard glass and metal sandwich construction, the device has a weak point along the antenna line on the side frame. With some pressure applied to the back, the host was able to crack the frame and fatally damage the internal vibration motor. So if you have an ROG Phone 5, try not to bend it, okay?
That’ll do it for the biggest stories of the week. The full list is below. See you in a week!
The A52 5G has a 120Hz display, the other two get 90Hz ones.
That’s the very same panel, used on the Oppo Find X3 series.
Unsurprisingly, it’s going to be very affordable.
The latest teasers for the OnePlus 9 series are in.
Some midframe issues rendered the latest ROG Phone useless.
Don’t get your hopes up, none of them is a flagship.
Someone managed to run AnTuTu on the phone and the results are… interesting.
CEO Pete Lau says that 2 years is how long most flagship buyers keep their phone before upgrading.
Analysts expect a hefty decline in sales.
The entry-level phone has appeared in Russia.
The phone will adopt the solution with a big internal display and a second panel on the outside.
It’s still unclear if it will swivel like the one in the A80.
It will come with an SpO2 sensor, IP68 rating, and support LTE connectivity.
The Pro variant will feature the 108MP camera, while the vanilla model will sport a 64MP unit.
JerrryRigEverything has taken apart his fair share of gaming smartphones – none had a vapor chamber as large as this one.
A compact Android flagship from Asus is on the way.
Just like the Mi 11 Ultra, which we saw on video. The Pro and Ultra will share other features as well.
The panel supports it naturally, but Oppo shipped some units without the feature.
The security threat allegations are now removed.
A separate India launch will take place on March 30.
Users will be able to reserve a Realme 8 or Realme 8 Pro with an INR1,080 payment in advance.
Black Shark CEO Lou Yuzhou has teased the camera of the Black Shark Pro 4 on Weibo.
Also, the Pro will have very fast response times thanks to a high touch sampling rate.