The new phones and tablets of week 6
The past seven days delivered plenty of new hardware, a large chunk coming at the Unpacked event on Wednesday. It was far from the only event, however, with 5 other makers announcing new devices. And we've prepared the following quick recap to make sure you haven't missed any.
The week began with a Tecno Pop 5S - a budget solution for developing markets. The phone has a basic 5.7" LCD, two cameras on the back and an Android 10 (Go edition) OS. The chipset comes with a quad-core CPU and 2GB RAM and this whole ensemble costs the equivalent of $110 in Mexico.
The following day we saw the arrival of Honor 60 SE. The phone is officially part of the Honor 60 series, but its look from the back reminds us more of an iPhone 13 Pro. The 60 SE comes with a Dimensity 900 chipset and 66W fast charging, and an aggressive pricing starting at $345.
Infinix brought its first 5G smartphone. The Zero 5G is the first phone with next-gen connectivity, and just like the Honor 60 SE, it has a Dimensity 900 chipset and a familiar design of back. This time it follows the Oppo Find X3 Pro formula rather than one of Apple's blueprints.
The vivo T1 5G arrived in India as a third member of the T1 family and the first to make it out of China. The unique camera island on the back holds a 50MP main shooter, while the chipset is Snapdragon 695, which is rather rare sight.
Its price begins from INR14,999, which is around $200, and is good news for the Indian country - 5G phones are getting cheaper right in time for the commercial rollout that is expected this year.
The week's big announcement is undoubtedly the Unpacked event Samsung hosted on Wednesday. We saw a trio of Galaxy S22 flagships, as well as three Galaxy Tab S8 tablets.
The Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ come as refined versions of their 2021 predecessors. Both phones are slightly smaller and come with improved cameras and brighter displays.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was the star of the show. Key specs such as cameras and battery capacity remained unchanged, but the new S series top dog now has an S Pen within its body effectively taking the place of the Note series from yesteryear.
The Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and are certainly the most capable tablets on the Android side of the fence.
The vanilla Tab S8 is the only one of the three with a TFT panel, while the other two adopted large Super AMOLED displays. The trio supports 45W fast charging, which in theory can get a battery from 0 to 100% in just 82 minutes - that's super quick for an 11,200 mAh battery of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
The week was wrapped with the Realme C35 - an affordable handset with a 50MP main camera and a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging. It is currently available only in Thailand, but we expect it to reach other markets soon.
There was also one more announcement and it came from us, the people behind GSMArena.com. We launched our new project ArenaEV.com in an attempt to do for electric vehicles what we have done for phones in the past 22 years.
It is a website that catalogs all the EVs and provides the latest info in the world of tomorrow. The design is intentionally similar to GSMArena.com, where users can compare cars, browse specifications and images, and read the news.
- 15 Feb 2022
Sony and some Xiaomi yes, not all... My Mi 11 ultra does not have, but it doesn't matter for me, i just hide/save stuff in the sky.
- 15 Feb 2022
Xiaomis and Sony phones still have them.
- 13 Feb 2022