Week 7 in review: Here's the iPhone 15 Pro with USB-C, the Galaxy S23 FE might be happening
Welcome to another week's recap. Samsung published the reparability score of its as-of-yet-unannounced Galaxy A54 and it's a solid 8.4 out of 10. Great news for the many potential buyers of Samsung's bound-to-be-popular midranger.
Even better news is the reported return of the Samsung Fan Edition phone. By Korean outlet The Elec, it appears Samsung will unveil a Galaxy S23 FE edition in the second half of the year. The report claims that Samsung will forgo the Galaxy A74 and focus on the Galaxy S23 FE.
We got our first look at the iPhone 15 Pro thanks to leaked CAD schematics. They show a phone that's slightly curvier with rounded edges that are cut-flat on the current models. The renders show thinner screen bezels and a USB-C port - finally! Of course, these are just leaked renders that may not reflect the final result.
Back to Samsung. The company had record pre-order numbers in its home market of South Korea. According to the numbers, Samsung received 1.09 million pre-orders - up 7% over the Galaxy S22 series last year. That's only ever bested by the Galaxy Note10 family back in 2019 with 1.4 million pre-orders. Even better for Samsung, the Galaxy S23 Ultra accounted for 60% of all orders.
Oppo launched the Find N2 Flip on a global scale this week. Now buyers in Europe can go ahead and pre-order the flip-foldable in 8/256GB trim. Shipments will begin from March 2 onward.
Check below for the full list of hot topics.
Samsung publishes high reparability score for upcoming Galaxy A54
The phone still isn't official, but should hopefully be announced soon.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE rumored to launch in H2 2023
The Galaxy FE series is due for a return this year.
iPhone 15 Pro renders show thinner bezels, curvier design, USB-C port
The first CAD-based renders are out, even if we're more than half a year away from this phone's official introduction.
Samsung officially details worldwide One UI 5.1 rollout for older devices
One UI 5.1 debuted with the Galaxy S23 series smartphones unveiled earlier this month.
WhatsApp head criticizes Telegram for misleading its users over its encryption
Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp at Meta, claims that government agencies have access to secret chats in Telegram.
CR: iPhone 14 Pro Max BoM is $464, nearly 4% more than 13 Pro Max
The share of Apple self-designed components is rising.
One UI 5.1 update coming to older Samsung flagships next week, carrier says
A Canadian carrier posted a preliminary list of devices set to receive the big new update.
Samsung Galaxy S23 series get record pre-orders in South Korea
1.09 million is the highest ever amount of pre-orders for a Galaxy S series.
FT: Apple is facing poor yield of iPhone casings made in India
Apple is expected to outsource up to 25% of all iPhone production to India by 2025.
Samsung now seeding OneUI 5.1 update to the Z Flip4, Fold4 and S22 series
The Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4, and Galaxy S22 series are getting the update right now.
Telegram responds to WhatsApp allegations
Telegram claims that the Wired article on the app's security contains multiple errors.
The Honor Magic5 Pro snaps Guinness record-breaking moment with its AI camera
The Honor Magic5 Pro is coming on February 27.
MediaTek announces Dimensity 7200: its first 4nm midrange chipset
This is the chip maker’s first entry for its 7000 series lineup of midrange chipsets.
The Oppo Find N2 Flip goes global
Another foldable moves beyond China.
Google is bringing a redesign to Gboard
You can now remove the voice search button from the taskbar.
Oppo Find X6 Pro confirmed to feature 100W charging, Find X6 brings 80W
The duo comes with the same adapter in the retail box.
MediaTek Helio G36 announced - G37 with 100MHz lower CPU clock
The new SoC will power an upcoming entry-level gaming smartphone set to launch in India.
Top 10 trending phones of week 6
Galaxy S23 series domination is slightly easing off.
Motorola Edge 40 Pro runs Geekbench with 12GB of RAM on board
The phone is rumored to be a rebranded version of the Moto X40, destined for international markets.
The Nokia X30 will go on sale in India next week
The phone launched alongside the Nokia G60 last year and while the G60 is already available in India, the X30 is not (yet).
vivo teases V27 design, says the phones are coming soon
The design reveal confirms earlier suspicions that the V27 series is related to the S16 series.
Motorola Moto G Stylus 2023 leaks in new render
Motorola's next budget stylus-wielding phone is expected to launch soon.
Honor Magic5 Lite announced with SD 695 and 40W charging
Pre-orders in France start on February 20.
Geekbench 6 arrives with new tests, adapted for modern-day devices
It brings several new tests, including background blur in video calls, object detection, and photo filters in social media.
Realme GT3 with 240W charging is arriving on February 28
The global unveiling will take place in Barcelona during MWC.
- 20 Feb 2023
I'm surprized that Apple didn't say FU to the EU and go wireless only on all it's new phones.
- 20 Feb 2023
Really looking great for the iPhone 15 Pro, but it still doesn't address the issue I have with the current lineup - it's still way too heavy compared to its competitors. Hope Apple will adopt a Titanium casing for their new Pro iPhon...