Ivan 04 September 2022
Week in review
This week saw the IFA 2022 show take place in Berlin, a key Sony announcement, and the fast-approaching iPhone 14 series debut on September 7.
The Sony Xperia 5 IV is official and it brings a bigger 5,000mAh battery, wireless charging, a brighter display, and a new 2.5x zoom camera in the place of the old 3x-4.4x zooming periscope. The Xperia 5 IV is already on pre-order and shipping later this month, starting at €1,049 in the EU, £949 in the UK, and $999 in the US.
The Galaxy S22 series got a big update with a focus on camera improvement. The HDR performance and color reproduction were improved and you can now use the 3x zoom camera for Hyperlapse mode.
Apple will unveil the iPhone 14 series, the Apple Watch Series 8, and possibly new AirPods Pro next week, and the iPhone 14 rumors are now coming in fast and hot. The new dual-cutout notch on the iPhone 14 Pro’s may appear as a single pill-shaped punch-hole with privacy indicators. Meanwhile, Samsung Display will provide 80% of the panels for iPhone 14 series.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will get new ultrawide cameras, as well as new selfie sensors. Finally, Apple’s next iPhone SE may use the iPhone XR design, finally breaking away from the ancient iPhone 7-slash-8 look.
Fans of folding laptops saw two contenders announced in the segment – the 17.3-inch Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED and the 16.3-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold 2022. Both can be used as standalone monitors, tablets, or folded as a laptop, and both will cost an arm and a leg – Lenovo will ask $2,499 for the ThinkPad X1 Fold 2022 when it begins shipping in November, while Asus’ Zenbook 17 Fold OLED will be available in Q4 for €3,999/$3,499.
See you next week!
Intriguing new rumors are afoot, regarding Apple’s mobile devices.
The Galaxy S21 lineup also got some of the new features.
It will be powered by the Dimensity 700 SoC.
The Xperia 5 IV doubles down on environmental impact by removing all accessories from the box.
It’s already up for pre-booking in Malaysia.
The two cut outs would be joined by an area of unlit pixels to appear like it has LEDs.
The other two makers are the Korean LG and the Chinese BOE.
Almost full specs for the M5 and a few details about the M5s have been outed alongside the brand’s reveal of the event date.
HMD also announced a new Circular subscription program that will help cut down on electronic waste.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold 2022 has a bigger display, thinner body, 12th-Gen Intel.
A third-party marker is allegedly distributing 30W GaN chargers for testing with the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.
In fact, the vanilla iPhone 14 may be a bit cheaper than its predecessor – though not as cheap as the mini was.
The upgrade won’t come cheap though.
It can be a 17.3-inch tablet or desktop replacement, or a 12.5-inch laptop. Costs €3,999.
Screen protectors reveal a wide notch similar to the Mate 20 Pro.
The ad focuses on the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy Z Flip4.
The new codec was introduced with Android 13, but it requires the correct hardware to tap into its benefits.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed this, but this phone is powered by the Exynos 850 chipset – much more efficient than the chip in the A04 from earlier this month.
Apple stopped using ‘Plus’ for its larger iPhones with the introduction of the iPhone XS Max in 2018, now it might bring it back.
They aren’t entirely new phones, though.
The stable version is expected to arrive in a week or two after Apple’s September 7 event.
Which in turn was lighter than the launch model. This is for both the Disc and Digital Editions and comes just as Sony prepares to raise prices around the world.
The company kept it light on details, but a teaser video confirmed one of the more interesting rumors about the new models.
The ruggedness is probably the main selling point.
Includes four new models starting at $300.
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