Week 30 in review: OnePlus Nord, Asus ROG Phone, Galaxy Z Flip 5G are here

Ivan, 26 July 2020

Last week held several important announcements, but the biggest by far was the OnePlus Nord. With the Nord, OnePlus returned to the affordable segment and did so with a very capable product. The OnePlus Nord has a 6.44-inch 90Hz display, Snapdragon 765G chip with 6GB,8GB ot12GB of RAM, a good camera array on the rear, dual camera on the front, and a very affordable starting price of €400/INR 28,000. The OnePlus Nord will launch on August 4.

Asus announced the ROG Phone 3, which is a rather different propostion. It's the gaming-PC of smartphones and comes packed to the gills with high-end features. A 6.59-inch 1080p AMOLED with a refresh rate of 144Hz, a Snapdragon 865+ with up to 16GB of RAM, a 6,000mAh battery, stereo speakers, 64MP main and 13MP ultrawide cameras, and a premium retail package with both a case and a cooling fan. All of that won't be cheap - the ROG Phone 3 costs €1,000 for the configuration with 12GB of RAM and 512 GB storage.

Lenovo also unveiled a Snapdragon 865+ phone with 144Hz refresh rate screen - the Legion Duel (Legion Pro in China) will launch in China on August 5, starting at CNY 3,499 ($500).

Samsung decided to announce its Galaxy Z Flip successor before its Unpacked event on August 5. The Galaxy Z Flip 5G will go on sale in Europe and the US on August 6 and brings a Snapdragon 865+, 5G and two new colors to the Galaxy Z Flip platform.

Samsung still has a line of phones for the major event. The two most interesting leaked in detail last week, suggesting that the Galaxy Note20 Ultra is a real beast. It will premiere with a 6.9-inch WQHD+ 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED, a Snapdragon 865+ or Exynos 990, triple camera with 108MP main, 12MP ultrawide and 12MP 5x periscope zoom camera, premium glass and metal build, and a 4,500mAh battery.

The Galaxy Note20, on the other hand, doesn't seem nearly as glamorous. It gets to keep the chipset, but it will reportedly get a flat 6.7-inch Super AMOLED of 60Hz refresh rate, a 12MP camera instead of a 108MP one, a 64MP 3x telephoto instead of a periscope zoom. Oh, and its S Pen might be inferior to the Ultra's.

Those were the highlights of last week. See you in seven days!

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  • Dometalican

Lenovo and Asus took it this week; potentially even this month. Asus improved SO much on the software (controlling charging is fantastic) and Lenovo shocked the world with its pricing and having much more LTE bands than usual. I won't be ex...

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