Week 26 in review: MWC 2021, SD888+, One UI Watch, Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 renders and more

Ivan, 05 July 2021

Another week down, let's recap. Infinix took up the fast charging numbers game and went pro. The Infinix Concept Phone 2021 supports 160W charging and can go from 0 to 100% in just 10 minutes - wow. Being a concept means you can't buy this Infinix phone, but the impressive tech could become part of a real product soon.

We saw the fist live photo of the Huawei P50 in a dazzling pink finish. The dual circle camera array showed four lenses. One circle is occupied by a periscope, the other by three cameras. The P50 series are expected in late July.

This week was the MWC 2021 and one of the biggest announcement was the Snapdragon 888 Plus by Qualcomm. Essentially a binned 888 chipset, the Plus brings a 3GHz Cortex-X1 core and improved AI Engine, to the tune of 20%. Asus, Motorola, Xiaomi, Honor and vivo have already confirmed their commitment to the new Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset in their upcoming smartphones. Devices with the new platform are expected to launch as early as Q3 2021.

Samsung held its own announcement at MWC, detailing the new direction of its smartwatches. Moving away from Tizen OS, Samsung joined forces with Google for One UI Watch - a Wear OS with Samsung's distinctive look and features. We'll see One UI Watch in action in August, when the Galaxy Watch4 family arrives. We saw some of them in renders and even discovered their price tags - the 42mm and 46mm Watch4 Classic will cost €470-500 and €500-530, respectively. The Galaxy Watch4 will come in 40mm and 44mm, priced €350-370 and €380-400, respectively.

We also saw detailed renders and 360 videos of the Galaxy Z Fol3 5G and Z Flip3 5G, showing both devices extensively and revealing their respective colors schemes - Black, a pinkish White and Green for the Fold, Gold, Green, Black and Purple for the Flip.

A new Samsung with the next Exynos chipset with AMD RDNA 2 architecture leaked on 3D Mark, topping the chart and beating current smartphone leaders the iPhone 12 series.

Microsoft meanwhile released the Insider preview of Windows 11.

That about does for the most popular stories of the week. The full list is below. See you next week!

The Infinix Concept Phone 2021 supports 160W fast charging, goes from 0-100% in 10 minutes

The Infinix Concept Phone 2021 supports 160W fast charging, goes from 0-100% in 10 minutes

There are 20 temperature sensors and 60 security protection mechanisms - plus some very efficient components - to ensure everything goes smoothly.


Redmi Note 10 Pro receives an update enabling 2GB of virtual RAM

Redmi Note 10 Pro receives an update enabling 2GB of virtual RAM

Trade-in 2GB of internal storage for 2GB of extra RAM.


First Huawei P50 hands-on photos pop up online

First Huawei P50 hands-on photos pop up online

The phone will have a sparkling Pink color.


New Samsung flagship chipset with AMD GPU tops 3D Mark charts

New Samsung flagship chipset with AMD GPU tops 3D Mark charts

The overall score surpasses all phones, even Apple devices with the mighty A14 Bionic chip.


Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 888 Plus with 3 GHz CPU, better AI engine

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 888 Plus with 3 GHz CPU, better AI engine

The chip also comes with improved AI performance.


Samsung's take on Wear OS is called One UI Watch

Samsung's take on Wear OS is called One UI Watch

First Galaxy Watch with One UI Watch coming later this summer.


Honor confirms Magic3 series is coming with Snapdragon 888 Plus

Honor confirms Magic3 series is coming with Snapdragon 888 Plus

The big news was confirmed by Honor's president of Product Line, Ms Fang Fei.


Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview

You can give the new OS a go right now.


Rumor: Xiaomi is working on a phone with a 192MP camera with 16-in-1 binning support

Rumor: Xiaomi is working on a phone with a 192MP camera with 16-in-1 binning support

This high resolution sensor should offer high quality digital zoom up to 4x. And it will have the S888 successor to do the number crunching.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 display sizes confirmed by another leak

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 display sizes confirmed by another leak

The Z Flip3 will get a significantly bigger external display.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G design and colors revealed in latest leak

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G design and colors revealed in latest leak

The Galaxy Z Fold3 will come in three colors - Black, Green and a pinkish White.


Samsung Galaxy S21 FE certified by FCC with 45W fast charging

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE certified by FCC with 45W fast charging

The charger won’t be included in the box, however.


Oppo Reno6 5G and Reno6 Pro 5G launching in India on July 14

Oppo Reno6 5G and Reno6 Pro 5G launching in India on July 14

It's unclear if the Pro+ variant will also debut alongside these models.


OnePlus Nord 2 renders leak and it looks a lot like the OnePlus 9

OnePlus Nord 2 renders leak and it looks a lot like the OnePlus 9

The phone is rumored to be powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 chipset.


Samsung Galaxy M52 5G camera specs leaked

Samsung Galaxy M52 5G camera specs leaked

It's expected to have the same cameras as the Galaxy A52.


vivo X60t Pro+ unveiled  with a 12MP sensor behind the 50mm lens instead of 32MP

vivo X60t Pro+ unveiled with a 12MP sensor behind the 50mm lens instead of 32MP

The "t" version is slightly cheaper than the original model, though mostly thanks to discounts.


New Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 renders show the phone from all angles and in several colorways

New Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 renders show the phone from all angles and in several colorways

The phone will have an improved design with a larger external display and possibly a water resistant hinge.


Sony Xperia 1 III earns a 6/10 repairability score in disassembly video

Sony Xperia 1 III earns a 6/10 repairability score in disassembly video

You don't need to take the whole phone apart to replace the screen, but repairs can still be very finicky. 


Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 goes global, the smaller and cheaper Yoga Tab 11 and Tab P11 Plus join it

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 goes global, the smaller and cheaper Yoga Tab 11 and Tab P11 Plus join it

The Yoga Pad 11 has the same hook/kickstand, awesome audio and long battery life. However, it and the P11 Plus switch to a Heli G90T chipset.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G 360-degree video gives us an even clearer look

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G 360-degree video gives us an even clearer look

The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G comes in four colors, has three cameras and two displays.


Samsung planning to launch Galaxy S21 FE with Exynos chipset

Samsung planning to launch Galaxy S21 FE with Exynos chipset

This will offset the delay at least a little bit.


Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic leaks in all its glory, rotating bezel in tow

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Classic leaks in all its glory, rotating bezel in tow

It will run Samsung and Google's new wearable platform.



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Holy Genius. This is Galaxy Fold.

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Who care..

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Will TCL unveil a new smartphone?

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