The new phones of week 33
Another week in the books and several new smartphone announcements to cover – here are the new phones of week 33.
Starting the list chronologically is the vivo Y35 – a Snapdragon 680 midranger with 44W fast charging. It gets a 6.58” IPS LCD with FHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The back houses a 50MP main cam alongside a 2MP macro module and a 2MP depth helper.
The phone boots FuntouchOS 12 (based on Android 12) and packs a 5,000 mAh battery with the aforementioned 44W fast charging. The vivo Y35 is already on open sale in Indonesia. You can pick up a unit for IDR 3,300,000 ($225/€220/₹18,000).
Xiaomi released a new global version of the Poco M4 5G with some slightly altered specs compared to the Indian variant of the same phone – peep the differences. The only changes come in the camera department where the global variant has a 13MP main shooter and a 5MP selfie cam in place of the Indian model’s 50MP main sensor and 8MP front-facing cam.
Poco M4 5G is offered in three colors - Black, Blue, and the signature POCO Yellow. Pricing is set at €219 (4GB/64GB) and €249 (6GB/128GB) for European markets.
Next up are another pair of vivo smartphones – the vivo V25 and vivo V25 Pro. The standard V25 model gets a 6.44-inch AMOLED with a 90Hz refresh rate and a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset while the Pro has a 6.56-inch AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate and a more capable Dimensity 1300 SoC.
Both V25 models have 64MP main cams with OIS though the Pro model gets a 12MP ultrawide module compared to 8MP on the V25. The selfie cam on the V25 is a 50MP sensor while the Pro gets a 32MP module. Both phones boot Funtouch 12 based on Android 12. The battery supremacy goes to the V25 Pro with its 4,830 mAh cell with 66W charging compared to the V25’s 4,500 mAh cell with 44W charging.
Sadly, vivo has not shared pricing and availability details about the new V25 models at this point.
Oppo announced a new Reno8 smartphone in Indonesia – the Reno8 4G. The device comes with a 6.43-inch AMOLED with a 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 680 chipset and a 4,500 mAh battery with 33W charging.
Oppo Reno8 4G comes in Dawnlight Gold and Starlight Black colors and is already up for pre-order for IDR 4,999,000 ($339). Open sales in Indonesia start on August 26.
After several weeks of teasers, Realme finally announced the Realme 9i 5G in India. The phone brings a 6.6” LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate and a Dimensity 810 chipset. The back houses a 50MP main cam while the front gets an 8MP selfie shooter.
The Realme 9i 5G comes in two memory combinations - 4/64 GB and 6/128 GB. Prices are respectively INR14,999 ($188) and INR16,999 ($215), and pre-orders begin on August 24 at Realme.com, Flipkart and some offline stores.
Motorola has a new Edge (2022) smartphone for the US market and it packs an impressive spec sheet. This is the first phone on the market with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1050 chipset and it also brings a 6.6-inch OLED with a 144Hz refresh rate.
There’s a 50MP main camera on the back with OIS next to a 13MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP depth module. The phone gets a 5,000 mAh battery with 30W charging as well as 15W wireless charging. The software front is covered by Android 12 with Moto’s MyUX interface on top though an Android 13 update is coming. Pricing is set at $499.
The other new vivo smartphone from this week is the vivo V77e (T1) – a device similar to the previously launched vivo Y77e but with a new 50MP main cam and a single 8GB/256GB memory configuration. It still gets a 6.58-inch LCD with FHD+ resolution and a Dimensity 810 chipset. The rest of the specs include a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W charging and an 8MP selfie cam.
The vivo Y77e (t1) is offered in three colors and is priced at CNY1,799 ($265/€260) in China.
The last new smartphone announced this week is the Lenovo Legion Y70 – a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flagship which will presumably remain exclusive to China. The phone packs a 6.67” OLED with a 144 Hz refresh rate and boots Android 12 with ZUI 14 on top.
The camera department features a 50MP main cam (1/1.55” sensor) alongside a 13 MP ultrawide module and a 2MP depth sensor. The battery comes in at 5,100 mAh and supports 68W fast charging. Prices begin from CNY3,299, which is about $485.