Week 36 in review: Oppo A38 announced, Moto G54 goes official, more iPhone 15 rumors

The first week of September brought more to the rumor mill for the usual suspects. The iPhone 15 series will offer camera upgrades across the board with the 15 and 15 Plus getting all-new 48MP Sony sensors with a stacked design and an f/1.6 aperture. The second shooter on the back will be the same old 12MP, f/2.4 ultrawide. We prepared a more detailed what to expect article which you can check out here.

The 15 Pro will retain the 48MP main shooter from its predecessor but it’s rumored to be joined by an improved 13MP f/2.4 ultrawide lens. The 15 Pro Max will get the biggest update with a new 12.7MP periscope lens (1/1.9" sensor; f/2.8 aperture) with 5x optical zoom. We also got to see dummy units for all four of the iPhone 15 series devices confirming Dynamic Islands on the non-Pros and the new Action Buttons on the Pro models.

Google showcased the Pixel 8 Pro in full glory on its own website in detailed render form. The flagship Pixel will be available in Licorice, Porcelain and Sky colors and we got more confirmation of the previously leaked design. Google is also rumored to release Android 14 at the Pixel 8 launch event on October 4.

Samsung announced Thom Browne Editions of its Galaxy Z Fold5 and Watch6. The Samsung Galaxy S24 is rumored to get a titanium frame, upgraded 200MP main and 50MP telephoto cameras and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip.

Oppo launched its A38 midranger with a Helio G85 chipset, 50MP main cam, 90Hz IPS LCD and a 5,000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging. The device comes in Black and Gold colors but we still don’t have any pricing and availability details.

Motorola launched the G54 with two version – one for China and a slightly different model for India. Both Motos feature 6.5” IPS LCDs (120Hz), MediaTek’s Dimensity 7020 chipset and 50MP main cams. The Indian model brings a larger 6,000 mAh battery with 33W charging while the Chinese version relies on a 5,000 mAh cell with 15W charging.

Xiaomi will launch its 13T lineup on September 26 and we got confirmation both the 13T and 13T Pro will receive 4 Android updates and 5 years of security patches. Motorola will announce its Edge 40 Neo on September 14.

Here are all the biggest stories from the past week:

Here are the detailed camera specs of the iPhone 15 series

The 15 and 15 Plus get a bump to 48MP, the Pro and Pro Max get new ultrawides, the Pro Max gets a periscope.

Google's official Pixel Phone Simulator shows off the 8 Pro

The 3D walkthrough reveals the Pixel 8 Pro's three colors as well as its sensors.

Apple iPhone 15 and 15 Plus - what to expect

The new vanilla models will have USB-C and dynamic islands, plus 48MP main cameras - but no 120Hz refresh rate.

Leaked Galaxy S24 Ultra specs include a titanium frame, upgraded cameras and a Snapdragon chip

This isn't entirely new, but there have been some conflicting reports - e.g. the 65W charging upgrade may not be happening.

Xiaomi 13T lineup's launch date announced

The series is expected to consist of two phones - 13T and 13T Pro.

Apple will tout the USB-C switch as a boon for users, but internally it is worried

It's worried that there will be a repeat of the 30-pin to Lightning switch when people were upset that their old accessories are now obsolete.

Motorola G54 introduced - China and India get different versions

There are small variations but they share a 6.5-inch 120Hz IPS LCD, and a Dimensity 7020 SoC.

New OnePlus 12 renders reveal different camera island design

It's rumored to launch in China in December and make international debut in January 2024.

iPhone 15 dummies confirm Dynamic Island on vanilla models, Action button on Pros

And once again show off the new, rather dull colors of the 2023 generation.

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic get Wear OS 4 update

It arrives with Samsung's own One UI 5 Watch on top.

Bar vs Flip: an Oppo experiment

Are foldable Flip phones better than the existing bars?

Huawei Mate 60 Pro+ to come with 16 GB RAM, cost over $1,200

The starting price in China would be CNY8,999 for the 512 GB version.

Google is now rumored to release Android 14 on the day of the Pixel 8 announcement

It was first expected in August, then in September, but it looks like it may be dropping in October.

The Samsung Galaxy A54 will soon be available in White in India

This isn't a new colorway, it was announced at launch. However, India originally only got three of the four options.

Motorola Edge 40 Neo will debut on September 14

The company is sending out invites for a “splashing” launch.

Motorola Edge 40 Neo appears on FCC with a 5,000 mAh battery

The phone will offer 68W fast charging, like its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Watch6 Thom Browne Editions are official, out on September 12

These are going to be available in limited numbers with "expert craftsmanship and premium details".

Report: China bans iPhone use by government officials

The ban also likely extends to other devices from foreign brands.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE prices in Europe leak, increase is imminent

The smaller S9 FE will be €550, and the 12.4” Plus version is listed as €750.

ACEFAST 65W GaN3 transparent charger (A45/A46/A47) review

We take a closer look at the transparent ACEFAST 65W GaN3 charger.

MediaTek develops first 3nm chip using TSMC process technology

MediaTek will launch its 3nm chips based on TSMC’s process technology for smartphones, tablets, intelligent cars and other devices starting H2 2024.

Apple Watch Series 8 long-term review

Is the Watch Series 8 worth buying after a year with the Watch Series 9 just around the corner? Let's find out with this long-term review.

Xiaomi to unveil the 14 series in early November

The Xiaomi 14 Pro and Xiaomi 14 could launch as soon as the first week of November.

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