Week 27 in review: Galaxy F22 goes official, OnePlus gets in hot water with Geekbench

It might be summer and scorching heat in the northern hemisphere, but the smartphone world is not taking a rest, and we saw plenty of smartphone action in the past seven days. Tecno’s first premium smartphone went on sale, while Samsung introduced the Galaxy F22 in India.

Oppo Reno6 series is getting a new family member – the Reno6 Z 5G. It will be launched on July 21 and will have 5G capabilities.

Qualcomm launched its Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders phone – a showcase product that demonstrates all the fancy features the Snapdragon 888 can offer in a smartphone. It has a price tag of $1,500, but it doesn’t appear that the San Diego company will try too hard to sell it.

OnePlus confirmed the Nord 2 5G launch date. The company also got tangled in a bit of a drama – Geekbench delisted all OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro smartphones from its database after alleged manipulation.

It appears OxygenOS limits the performance of apps to extend battery life but did not apply the same filter to the benchmarking platform, which, according to Geekbench, is a form of cheating. OnePlus did confirm it is optimizing apps on its devices, raising the debate whether this is the same type of manipulation that other companies did with enabling special high-performance modes for synthetic benchmarking.

The Phantom X, Tecno's first premium phone, is now available

Initially, the phone can be found in Nigeria and Kenya and it should expand to more markets soon.

Oppo Reno6 5G now available in Purple color, Reno6 Z 5G launching on July 21

The new Purple Reno6 is already up for grabs in China and will likely remain exclusive to that market.

Samsung launches Galaxy F22 with big battery and aggressive price

Prices start from INR12,499 ($170/€140).

Qualcomm announces Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders with Snapdragon 888 and 6.78-inch 144Hz AMOLED screen

The phone will come with a pair of Qualcomm-tuned earbuds, bumper case, and the phone is curated with all of Qualcomm’s technologies.

Mony Mint - The smallest 4G smartphone hands-on review

For just $99 you can have a smartphone with Android 9 the size of a candy bar.

Rumor: Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will have a completely invisible under display camera, rear display

The display will have 1080p+ resolution and only two curved sides. The secondary display on the rear will be larger than Mi 11 Ultra’s display.

Huawei nova 8i announced with Snapdragon 662, 64MP quad camera, and 66W charging

Pre-orders are already up, sale begins on July 21.

New Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 renders surface

It’s been hotly debated whether the Z Fold3 5G would have a punch-hole or under-display camera.

Rumor: the new MacBook Pros will use the M1X chipset, new MacBook Air coming in 2022 with M2

Apple has traditionally used “X” to denote more powerful chipsets with more cores. The M2 should switch to a new architecture and a new node.

Nintendo announces new Switch variant with OLED display

Also features a larger stand, more internal storage, and improved speakers.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra to come with 108MP main camera, not 200MP

But it will be a newer, more refined version of the current 108MP ISOCELL HM3 unit.

The OnePlus Nord 2 will have a custom Dimensity 1200-AI chipset, the company confirms

OnePlus and MediaTek added additional AI features to the base Dimensity 1200 to help with the camera, media playback and other tasks.

HMD Product Manager says new Nokia flagship is coming on November 11

That’s Singles’ Day (11.11) in China, a big annual shopping event and a good time to launch a new product – unless the flagship gets delayed, again.

Rumor: the Snapdragon 895 will be fabbed on 4nm Samsung node, the 895+ on 4nm TSMC node

Leakster IceUniverse says that Qualcomm will split the orders between the two foundries. The Snapdragon 888+ stuck with Samsung.

OnePlus responds to app throttling fiasco

The behavior seen on the OnePlus 9 Pro was on purpose.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE's key specs leak through a TENAA listing

It’s going to be smaller than its predecessor.

iPhone 13 to offer faster wireless charging or reverse charging

The upcoming line is said to pack bigger charging coils.

Xiaomi patents foldable phone with a wraparound screen like on the Mi Mix Alpha

This design uses a single panel for both the internal and the external displays.