Even though the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is in steady demand and, in fact, is the king in its segment, newcomers are coming, and coming hard. First, Oppo showed that a foldable smartphone with a large flexible screen is quite possible to get rid of the crease in the display, which Samsung has not yet been able to do, and now Vivo is preparing to introduce its new product. And Vivo X Fold will probably offer the best camera in the segment.
The Galaxy Z Fold3 has three 12-megapixel sensors, as well as wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto lenses (the latter with a focal length of 52 mm, which is presented as a 2x optical zoom relative to the main lens with 26 mm EGF). Vivo X Fold looks much more interesting. The main sensor is 50-megapixel with an optical format of 1/1.57 inches. The second, 48-megapixel, is paired with an ultra-wide-angle lens. The third module has a 12-megapixel sensor and a portrait lens with a 2x zoom (just like the third module from Samsung), but the fourth periscope lens will provide much more optical zoom. True, its resolution will be lower – 5 or 8 megapixels.
Other highlights of the Vivo X Fold include Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, 4600mAh battery with 66W wired charging support and 50W wireless power. The outer screen is 6.53 inches, Full HD + resolution and 120 Hz, while the inner screen is 8 inches.
Prices are given for the Chinese market, where the novelty will debut. The base Vivo X Fold with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is expected to cost 12,000 yuan, while the top one with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is expected to cost 13,000 yuan. These are 1885 and 2045 dollars in equivalent. A lot, but the Galaxy Z Fold3 in China is even more expensive – for a single configuration with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of flash memory, they ask for 14,000 yuan, or $ 2,200. So Vivo X Fold will not only be better than its most eminent competitor in many ways, but also cheaper.
Typical low-cost smartphones of 2022. Narzo 50 5G and Narzo 50 Pro introduced
Realme has unveiled a couple of new Narzo smartphones: Narzo 50 5G and Narzo 50 Pro 5G.
The devices are identical in a number of parameters. For example, both have 5000mAh batteries with 33W charging and 90Hz Full HD+ screens.
Narzo 50 5G has a 6.6-inch IPS panel. The smartphone is based on SoC Dimensity 810, has 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of flash memory. The main camera is represented by sensors with a resolution of 48 and 8 megapixels, the resolution of the front is 8 megapixels. You can also select stereo speakers. The smartphone starts at $205.
Narzo 50 Pro 5G already offers a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel. The heart is the SoC Dimensity 920, there is 6 or 8 GB of RAM, and only 128 GB of flash memory. The main camera is the same, except that it also has a macro module with a resolution of 2 megapixels. For such a smartphone, they ask from $ 285.
iDropNews: iPhone 14 presentation will take place on September 13
According to iDropNews, Apple has already decided to hold a fall event for the launch of new devices, which will be held on September 13th.
At this event, Apple is due to introduce the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. This year, Apple will expand the distinction between professional and non-professional iPhone models. Apple will reportedly equip the iPhone 14 Pro models with the 4nm A16 Bionic SoC, while non-professional phones can cyjdf use the 5nm A15 Bionic SoC that was used in the iPhone 13. Most consumers have no idea what SoC the phone is built on. SoC reuse could help Apple make the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max more price-competitive.
Even if Apple reuses the A15 Bionic SoC in iPhone 14 non-professional phones, it could still give them a different name, such as A16 Bionic. Then the new platform will be called SoC Apple A16 Pro.
Other differences include replacing the notch on iPhone 14 Pro models with an “i-shaped” cutout for the FaceTime and True Depth cameras. Meanwhile, inexpensive non-professional models will still have bangs. Other improvements to be found in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max include a 120Hz ProMotion display and a 48MP wide-angle camera.
Prices for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are rumored to start at $800 and $900, respectively. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max can cost between $1,100 and $1,200, respectively.
Also at the event are the highly anticipated AirPods Pro 2 and three Apple Watch models.
Samsung releases urgent mysterious update for Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra
Less than a month after the Galaxy S22 family of smartphones received the previous update, these devices have received a new urgent update. So far, this only applies to Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra devices based on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Those who bought Exynos 2200-based versions have not yet received the update.
The new version is labeled S90xEXXU2AVE4 (where the “x” changes depending on the model) and is already in distribution in a dozen countries. The update size is 350 MB. The mysterious update contains various unnamed security fixes as well as “general feature stability” improvements.
Mid-month updates like these are rare for Samsung, so the company is believed to have found something to fix as soon as possible rather than waiting for the June security patch to be released in a couple of weeks.
If you have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 based Galaxy S22, S22+, or S22 Ultra and haven’t received an update notification for that device yet, you can check it manually by going to Settings > Software Update.
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