Week 44 in review: Huawei Pocket S becomes the cheapest foldable as Dimensity 9200 promising benchmarks leak

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Another week down, let’s recap. The MediaTek Dimensity 9200 flexed impressive muscle on AnTuTu and GFXBench, especially on the graphics front. It managed to top all current chipsets, including the Apple A16 Bionic, though cross-platform comparisons are rarely a great idea.

Xiaomi announced the Redmi Note 12 series just last week and the first sale went great. The four phones scored 350,000 orders in the first flash sale, depleting the initial inventory.

Meanwhile Xiaomi showed off a prototype with two of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s 1-inch type sensors – one is the same as on the 12S Ultra, complete with a lens, the other is lens-less and can attach Leica M mount glass on top! It needs an adapter and it makes the whole thing bulky but it’s a phone with interchangeable lenses! Odds are we won’t see this prototype hit the shelves – the upcoming Xiaomi 13 Pro is said to have a 1” sensor as well, maybe a special edition of that device would be more appropriate.

Huawei announced the Pocket S – the cheapest foldable yet at CNY5,988 ($820/€830) (though you’d currently find the Galaxy Z Flip4 for less on the black market). The China-bound Pocket S is a watered-down variant of the P50 Pocket with less impressive cameras and a Snapdragon 778G chipset.

Those were some of the key stories of the week, check below for the full list! See you next week!

The Pixel Watch is Google’s first wearable, but is it worth the price?

Dimensity 9200 tops current mobile GPUs in early GFXBench test, even the Apple A16

MediaTek has scheduled an event for November 8 to unveil its next flagship chip, so we’ll find out more about the 9200 next week.

Xiaomi sells 350,000 units of Redmi Note 12 in first flash sale

The amount includes all four versions – Redmi Note 12, Note 12 Pro, Note 12 Pro+, and Note 12 Explorer.

Huawei Pocket S is the cheapest foldable yet, comes with Snapdragon 778G

The device has a downgraded camera setup but retains the footprint.

Xiaomi reveals concept phone with a mount for Leica M lenses  based on the 12S Ultra

This is a smartphone/mirrorless camera hybrid that has a second 1″ sensor and a mount system for real Leica lenses. 

Samsung Galaxy A14 camera and battery specs emerge

The upcoming budget Galaxy device is expected to arrive in Q4.

Huawei nova Y61 announced with 50MP main cam and 5,000 mAh battery

The latest nova device brings a 6.52-inch IPS LCD and 22.5W charging.

Xiaomi 13 Pro to match  12S Ultra's main camera

Xiaomi wants to bring its best sensor to the mainstream global market.

Samsung Galaxy S23+ US model spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to go official at the Snapdragon Summit this month.

Nokia 2780 Flip is a new flip phone with FM radio

It is the Nokia 2760 Flip with an FM radio and new colors.

Realme's Madhav Sheth confirms Realme 10 chipset, battery and camera details

The Realme 10 is launching on Wednesday, November 9.

Samsung to bring the Light performance mode to Galaxy S23 phones for better battery life

Light mode was recently added to the Galaxy Z 2022 foldables. It prioritizes battery life and running cool over absolute performance.

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro is launching in Europe tomorrow, here are the prices

If you buy one this month you will score a free pair of FreeBuds Pro 2, as well as several free subscriptions. 

Huawei introduces Watch GT Cyber with replaceable shells, MateStation X with Intel 12th gen

Both devices are available only in China so far.

Sony releases Android 13 for the Xperia 1 IV and Xperia 5 IV

Realme 10 confirmed to feature 90Hz Super AMOLED display

The company also confirmed it will have 8GB of RAM onboard.

Twitter boss Elon Musk to fire half of employees as a cost-cutting measure

About 3,700 people will be terminated.

Durability test reveals weakness in Pixel 7 Pro's metal visor

The Pixel 6 Pro survived the bend test in JerryRigEverything’s video from last year. The 2022 model fares less well. 

Samsung now seeding OneUI 5 to Galaxy S22 units in the US

The update for US owners comes just a week after the global rollout.

Realme 10 set to launch on November 9

The 4G model will bring MediaTek’s Helio G99 chipset.

iQOO 11 specs leak – QHD AMOLED, SD 8 Gen 2 and 100W charging

The upcoming iQOO flagship is also expected to bring a 50MP main cam.

Oppo Find X6's 1-inch type IMX989 sensor will have 4K HDR night video

Tipster suggests the MariSilicon X chip has been improved for the Find X6 series.

YouTube introduces Primetime Channels: a central hub for over 30 streaming services

US viewers can subscribe to Showtime, Paramount+, Starz, AMC+, Epix, Shudder and more starting today. There is more to come, including NBA League Pass.

Nubia Z40S Pro Starry Night edition launching on November 5

The phone features motifs from Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting.

Oppo A58's specs and images leak

It’s said to come with the Dimensity 700 SoC and a 108MP secondary camera.

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