Week 32 in review: the busiest Galaxy Unpacked event ever

week 32 in review the busiest galaxy unpacked event ever

Week 32 served us a proper storm of announcements, but none bigger than those at Samsung’s Unpacked event. A couple new Note20 phones, a Galaxy Z Fold2 early look, two flagship tablets, a smartwatch and ANC-packing TWS earphones – it was the busiest single event in many a year.

Google unveiled its long delayed Pixel 4a mid-ranger, which looks rather dated on paper, but the company has often delivered smartphones that offer experience beyond what their hardware suggests.

HMD gave us the Nokia C3 entry level phone, as Realme and Oppo had announcements of their own – the V5 and the K7 5G, respectively. There was also a new vivo handset dubbed the S7 5G, while the HTC Wildfire E2 went on sale without much in the way of an announcement.

With so much new hardware going official you would think rumors wouldn’t gain much traction, but the Huawei Mate 40 and Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra still made headlines.

Check out the list of most read articles over the past week below to make sure you haven’t missed anything important. See you in seven days!

Nokia C3 arrives with a 5.99

It has an Xpress Key that lets you quickly launch Google Assistant or any other apps installed on the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra unveiled with upgraded screens, S Pen and cameras

Both Notes have larger displays than their predecessors – a 120 Hz panel in the case of the Ultra, 60 Hz for the vanilla model.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 introduced: larger displays inside and out

The inner display now uses Ultra Thin Glass, which debuted on the Z Flip.

Samsung Unpacked coverage wrap-up

Samsung unveiled two new Galaxy Notes, the Z Fold 2, two Tab S7 slates, a smartwatch and its first noise cancelling ear buds.

Xiaomi Mi A4 not coming as Android One program gets the axe

The confirmation comes straight from the company.

Apple says game streaming services like Microsoft's xCloud violate App Store policies

This applies to Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Google’s Stadia as well. It’s why xCloud testing on iOS was ended early.

AnTuTu releases Top 10 list of Android performers for July

Three of them are Oppo phones, all of them are from Chinese brands.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Tab S7 and S7+, Galaxy Watch3 photos and videos surface a day early

Behold the Z Fold 2 in Mystic Bronze and Gray. It and the tablets can use the S Pen, the slates are also getting keyboard add-ons.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review

Samsung’s first truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation are here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ are here: 120Hz screens, S865+ and S Pen

The S7+ has a larger 12.4″ AMOLED display while the S7 goes for an 11″ LCD.

vivo S7 5G unveiled with S765G, 6.44

The front camera has autofocus and can record 4K videos at 60 fps. It has dedicated night and vlog modes too.

Realme V5 arrives as the cheapest 5G smartphone yet

The 6/128 GB version of the mid-ranger costs just CNY1,499 or about $215/€182.

Google Pixel 4a announced with Snapdragon 730G and 5.81-inch display

Google’s mid-range Pixel is finally out.

Instagram officially launches Reels in attempt to take on TikTok

It is already available in 50 countries and regions.

vivo confirms August 17 launch date for iQOO 5 with 120W charging

The new phone will feature an AMOLED screen with always-on display.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra leak points to ceramic and transparent backs

The transparent option will be the top offering with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB storage.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro renders also arrive, reveal dual punch hole display

The phone will keep the circular camera design on the back with the flash on the left side.

OnePlus shows Always On Display designs in teaser videos

These were created with help from students at the Parsons School of Design. Another designer is inspiring the look of OxygenOS 11 interface.

Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra will get three major Android OS updates

That’s up from two in theory, so it’s good news for longevity.

Oppo K7 5G goes official with a Snapdragon 765G SoC and 48MP quad camera

It packs an AMOLED screen with in-display fingerprint reader and a battery with 30W fast charging support.

The Huawei Mate 40 will get Kirin chipset, but may be the last Kirin-powered flagship

The company is facing supply issues as the US will block TSMC from producing more chips for Huawei starting in mid-September.

Huawei Mate 40 renders showcase gigantic circular camera bump

The display is curved, but doesn’t seem to be as waterfall-y as the Mate 30 Pro’s.

Google Pixel 4a in for review

The Google Pixel 4a makes the mid-range Pixel offering greater.

New Pixel phone with 120Hz 6.67

This will be the largest Pixel ever – the 4 XL had only a 6.3″ display. Even the rumored Pixel 5 XL is said to have only a 6.12″ display.

HTC Wildfire E2 goes on sale sans announcement, with entry-level specs

It can be purchased in Russia for the local equivalent of around $120.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra India pricing revealed as pre-orders open

The duo is already up for pre-orders in the country.



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