Last week focused on the rumors, this week we got the announcements. Oppo and Samsung both launched new phones on April 10 while a day earlier, Qualcomm launched two new chipsets – the 11nm Snapdragon 665 and the 8nm Snapdragon 730 (and the 730G with better graphics).
Starting with the last one – the Qualcomm 665 will see the biggest improvement over the 660 in graphics performance while the 730/730G promises a CPU performance boost of 35%.
Oppo settled all the leaks by unveiling two Reno smartphones – the Reno 10x zoom with a Snapdragon 855 and a periscope 5x optical zoom camera and the Reno with a Snapdragon 710 and a slightly-smaller 6.4-inch screen.
Samsung unveiled a couple of phones – the Samsung Galaxy A20e and the Galaxy A80. The new A-series top dog is the most innovative Samsung phone since the Galaxy Fold. It packs a motorized pop-up area with a spring-loaded rotating camera array that has a 48MP f/2.0 main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle unit and a 3D time of flight camera. The Galaxy A80 also houses a 6.7-inch screen without a notch.
The final Samsung-related news were the official end of the Galaxy J series, confirmed by Samsung itself and a follow-up story to the one about the smaller Galaxy Note 10. It seems that there will be a 6.28-inch and a 6.75-inch Galaxy Note 10 along with two 5G models – resulting in no less than 4 distinct Galaxy Note 10 devices in the fall.
We saw more of the OnePlus 7 this week too. A bunch of case renders gave us a look at the triple rear camera and the pop-up selfie snapper while two photos revealed what looks to be a OnePlus 7 Pro with curved screen edges and 5G.
Sharp made waves by demoing its first vertically-foldable. Sadly the company won’t bring a market-ready device with this tech any time soon.
Those are the major stories of the week. Have a great week and see you in seven days!
The pop-up mechanism lifts the rear camera and rotates it to face forward. This leaves the 6.7″ AMOLED screen free of notches and holes.
The top part of the slider will house a dual selfie camera with a powerful flash, the bottom can be a loudspeaker or extra camera controls.
The 730 is up to 25% faster than a 710, but the G version disappoints despite higher clocks. The 665, meanwhile, struggles to beat the old 660.
The Galaxy A20 has a 6.4″ Super AMOLED, this one has 5.8″ LCD. It does have the same chipset and camera, though.
Haslinda has worked with some of the largest telcos in North America and Asia. She loves tech and doesn’t like iPhone