While the summer months are generally quiet in terms of new device announcements, the past week has seen its fair share of new phone and tablet launches. So here is a recap of all the notable devices that have been announced.
Huawei kicked things off on Monday with its nova10 and nova10 Pro midrangers. These come with nearly identical specs, including 120Hz OLED displays, 50MP main cameras, and capped Snapdragon 778G 4G chipsets. The Pro model has a larger 4,500mAh battery with faster 100W wired charging while the non-Pro gets a 4,000mAh cell with 66W charging speeds.
Huawei nova 10 and nova 10 Pro
Huawei nova 10 starts at CNY2,699 ($403) for the 128GB version while the 256GB model costs CNY2,999 ($448). Huawei nova 10 Pro starts at CNY 3,699 ($553) for the 128 GB version and goes up to CNY 3,999 ($598) for the 256 GB model.
Xiaomi caused a stir when it unveiled the long-talked-about Xiaomi 12S Ultra with its 1-inch camera sensor and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. It’s the largest camera module in a phone to date and is joined by a 48MP periscope with 5x optical zoom and a 48MP ultrawide module. We’ve already received a 12S Ultra review unit and will be sure to test the performance of the cameras in our in-depth review.
While most of the attention was focused on the Ultra, Xiaomi also brought its Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12S Pro along with a Dimensity 9000+ powered Xiaomi 12 Pro. The S models bring the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipsets and also revised cameras that have been co-engineered with Leica.
Xiaomi 12S starts at CNY4,000 ($600/€570/₹47,000), 12S Pro will cost CNY4,700 ($700/€670/₹55,000) while the 12S Ultra will start at CNY5,999 ($900) . Unfortunately, all four Xiaomi phones will remain China-exclusive for the time being.
HTC reminded us of its existence with the HTC A101 tablet launched in Russia and South Africa. It is a 10-inch Android tablet running Android 11 and powered by Unisoc’s T618 chipset with a 7000mAh battery. The price is set at 19,890 RUB ($361).
Asus ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro have also been announced as the latest gaming phones in the legendary lineup. The differences between the Pro and non-Pro model come down to RAM capacity and looks with the Pro getting up to 18GB of RAM and a programmable color AMOLED display on the back. Everything else, from the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 to the ultrasonic AirTrigger buttons and 6,000mAh battery with 65W charging, is shared across the board.
The ROG Phone 6 starts at €999/£899 in Europe and INR 71,999 in India, while the ROG Phone 6 Pro will cost €1,299/£1,099 and INR 89,999 respectively.
One of the more bizarre storylines this week came from vivo – the manufacturer announced two devices with the same name with a Y77 5G which launched in Malaysia on Monday and a second China-exclusive Y77 model debuted. Friday.
vivo Y77 5G (global) and vivo Y77 (China)
The Global Y77 features a 6.58-inch LCD screen, Dimensity 810 chipset and a 5000mAh battery with 18W charging. The Chinese model has a 6-inch IPS LCD screen. .64 inches with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Dimensity 930 chipset and a 50MP camera complemented by a 4,500mAh battery and 80W charging for CNY1,499.
Realme stepped in with a limited edition Realme GT Neo 3 150W Thor Love and Thunder (that’s a mouthful of a name) which launched in India for INR 42,999 ($540/€530).
Indian smartphone brand Lava also joined in the announcements with its Lava Blaze budget phone. It brings a 6.5 inch IPS LCD display, Helio A22 chipset and 5000mAh battery with 10W charging while running Android 12. The price is set at INR 8700.
ZTE has officially unveiled its Blade V40 Pro in Mexico for $365. The phone packs a 6.67-inch AMOLED with FHD+ resolution, a 64MP main camera, and a 5100mAh battery.
Infinix topped off the announcements with its Note 12 Pro 5G – a Dimensity 810 midragner with 6.7-inch AMOLED, 108MP main camera and 5,000mAh battery with 33W charging. Pricing starts at $14 INR999 ($189/€187).
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