Week 14 in review: S22 series struggling, M53 official, X80 Pro+ coming
Another week to recap, let's begin. Samsung reintroduced the Galaxy S20 FE in Korea as the Galaxy S20 FE 2022 - the same phone with a trimmed down retail package and lower price.
Samsung's flagship S series' popularity is decreasing. One report points to the Game Optimization Service as the culprit, saying it seriously tarnished the image of the S22 series. It seems some carriers, like Korean KT and LG Uplus, are upping the subsidies to make up for that, though.
The Galaxy M53 is official. It's a watered-down Galaxy A73 5G with the same 108MP camera but a Dimensity 900 chip, instead of the SD778G. It's still unclear how much it will cost though.
vivo's X80 Pro+ ran Geekbench, showing off its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. It's expected that the X80 and X80 Pro will adopt Dimensity 9000 chips. AnTuTu's recent rankings show the Dimensity 9000 as a proper rival to the flagship Snapdragon.
OnePlus posted press renders of the upcoming Nord N20, revealing that the handset would feature SuperVOOC fast charging and a 60Hz AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint. Rumor has it the Nord N20 is coming to the US before the end of April.
That's it for the highlight stories of the week. Below is the full list of hot posts. Cheers!
Note that this is the 5G version with Snapdragon 865 and is available only on KT and LG Uplus in Korea for now.
Demand for the S22 in South Korea has reportedly decreased after the throttling scandal. Carriers are increasing subsidies to increase demand.
The performance charts are still dominated by Snapdragon chips. Interestingly, the value for money charts are as well.
The phone is launching before the end of this month.
And the 6.7" 120 Hz AMOLED display, though it loses some goodies like OIS and an in-display fingerprint reader.
The X80 and X80 Pro will get the Dimensity 9000 instead.
The device is a smaller and more affordable alternative to the Realme Pad.
The company is looking for 5,000 people in India to test the new OS.
The phone will have a Samsung Isocell HM6 sensor with pixel-binning technology.
The company has previously used MediaTek chipsets for its lower-end smartphones.
The Galaxy S10 series moves into its final stage of support.
It's a hefty 1.5 GB download, however, the changelog is quite short.
They're not doing so well in the market, it seems.
Samsung will be making exclusive chips for its Galaxy devices.
The Reno7 Pro had a 6.55" FHD+ OLED display with 90 Hz refresh rate, the 8-series will do 120 Hz.
It will be the brand's first foldable device.
The X30 launched in China, the X9 in Malaysia, the Magic4 Lite is going to France. Also, the Honor Play 6T series will be unveiled tomorrow.
The 4G version of the Realme 9 has a better camera and build quality than the 5G model, arguably a better display too.
Could be called "Snapdragon 7 Gen 1".
China will get the first crack at the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ in June or July.
The looks match renders from two months ago.
Three more are in line for security updates.
The developer-focused event is where new iOS versions are traditionally unveiled.
It will share the specs with the regular version but come with a special Free Fire theme.