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Week 35 in review: Zenfone 7 duo is here, Xperia 5 II is coming

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Welcome to this week’s recap of the most exciting stories. Let’s get started!

Asus unveiled the Zenfone 7 and Zenfone 7 Pro and they’re mostly identical. What sets them apart is the 7 Pro uses a Snapdragon 865+, has OIS on its main and zoom camera and has a 256GB model, while the vanilla 7 is SD865, has no OIS on its cameras and tops out at 128GB. The pair launch globally on September 1.

Realme has two launches planned for next week. The Realme X7 and X7 and X7 Pro will be made official in China on September 1 with 120Hz AMOLED screens, while the Realme 7 and 7 Pro will go live in India on September 3 with 64MP cameras (the Pro will also have 65W charging).

Apple’s next crop of iPhones is featuring in more and more leaks and reports. One industry insider rumor suggested that the iPhone 12 Pros will miss out on 120Hz screens and opt for 60Hz because of a lack of 120Hz driver ICs. However apparent leaked images from an iPhone 12 Pro Max appear to show a setting to enable high refresh rate. It appears that a decision will be made at the very last minutes, depending on how manufacturing progresses.

The Sony Xperia 5 II is coming. Sony said it’s announcing it on September 17, while an official press render gave us our first look at the phone and no surprise – it looks like a scaled-down version of the Xperia 1 II, only with a missing ToF sensor on the back.

We came across two of Xiaomi’s upcoming phones. The Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro will have 64MP and 108MP main cameras, respectively, a Snapdragon 865 on the regular and 865+ on the Pro, and likely 144Hz IPS LCD displays. The other device is the Poco X3, which will come with a 64MP camera, 5,160mAh battery and 33W charging.

Those were the highlights of the week. See you next one!

Asus Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro go official with triple flip cam and 90Hz OLED display

The flip up camera now packs a telephoto module. The 5,000 mAh battery also gets a fast charging upgrade to 30 W.

Leaked screenshots from iPhone 12 Pro Max unofficially confirm LiDAR and 120Hz display

The leaks came from a “production validation prototype” while mass production is expected to begin next month.

Realme X7 Pro to have a Special Version with Snapdragon 860

The yet unreleased chipset is going to be the main competitor to the Kirin 985 platform.

iPhone 12 Pro to miss on 120Hz screen due to supply issues

Apple can’t seem to source its driver ICs for the 120Hz OLED panels.

Huawei Enjoy 20 and 20 Plus appear in live images

They are expected to debut early next month.

Sony Xperia 5 II image leaks, shows ZEISS T* lenses, but no 3D ToF sensor

Sony’s collaboration with the famous lens maker should be an indication of a flagship-level triple camera setup.

Sony launches Xperia 8 Lite, it is the Xperia 10 with new main cameras

The phone will be Japan-exclusive, sale begins on September 1.

Samsung Galaxy M51 specs confirmed by Google Play Console listing

The phone is also listed on Amazon, with no actual price or launch date anywhere to be seen.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro hands-on photos leak, show huge 108 MP cam

There will be a vanilla Mi 10T as well, with a 64MP cam. The Pro will boast a 144 Hz LCD.

It's official: Realme 7 and 7 Pro are coming on September 3

The Realme 7 pair will come with 64MP quad camera and 65W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy M51 press renders leak

The device will have a fingerprint scanner on the side rather than on the back.

Realme X7 first photos appear online and it looks rather unusual

It is one thing to have your logo supersized on the back, but your motto?

Potential Poco X3 spotted at the FCC with 64MP  cam, 33W  charging

For comparison, the Poco X2 has a 4,500 mAh battery with 27 W charging.

LG Q92 5G official with Snapdragon 765G, quad cameras and 6.67

It’s a more affordable version of the LG Velvet 5G.

Report: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra to come with S Pen, Note series to be replaced by Z Fold 3

A rumor suggests that the Galaxy Note20 series could be Samsung’s last Note lineup.

Green tint strikes again: Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Tab S7 and S7+ affected

Some users are posting photos of their green-tinted displays (the issue crops up at low brightness).

Moto G9 arrives with big battery and Snapdragon 662 chipset for $155

The phone is priced INR11,499 on Flipkart India, and that is about $155/€130.

Infinix Zero 8 announced with 90Hz display, Helio G90T chipset

It’s the flagship offering in the maker’s lineup.

TSMC announces plans for 2nm chipset factory

It has already acquired land in Hsinchu, Taiwan, will hire 8000 new employees in the R&D department.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 stars in its first review video

We get plenty of details on its hardware and new software features.

Xiaomi explains the technology behind Mi 10 Ultra's chart topping camera

Xiaomi has 10 R&D centers around the globe and they’ve been hard at work perfecting the photo and video capabilities of the Mi phones.

Realme X7 Pro  Geekbench scorecard confirms MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset

The chipset has a fairly powerful Mali-G77 MP9 GPU, which will make full use of the 120 Hz OLED display.

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