Week 49 in review: Xiaomi 13, Tecno Phantom X2, iQOO 11 official, Realme 10 Pro global

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It was a big week for mobile as Xiaomi, Tecno, iQOO, and Realme held big events. Tecno announced the Phantom X2 series with the X2 and X2 Pro. Both have Dimensity 9000 chipsets and 6.9-inch AMOLED displays. The Phantom X2 Pro has a unique retractable portrait camera with a large 1/2.7-inch type sensor and bright f/1.5 lens. The X2 series will go on sale in the coming weeks. We only have pricing for Saudi Arabia right now; the Phantom X2 costs SAR 2,700 ($720/€685/₹59,000), while the Phantom X2 is SAR 3,500 ($930/€885/₹76,700).

Vivo’s iQOO sub-brand announced the iQOO 11 and iQOO 11 Pro. The pair bring the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, the new faster UFS 4.0 storage standard, 144Hz-capable AMOLED E6 displays and triple camera systems – the iQOO 11 has a 50MP Samsung GN5 wide camera, while the Pro has a 50MP IMX866 main camera. Battery-wise, the 11 brings a 5,000mAh pack with 120W charging, while the Pro has a 4,700mAh battery with 200W wired and 50W wireless charging. The iQOO 11 is available in China but is also going global, starting with Malaysia and Thailand, then India, while the iQOO 11 Pro is China-only for now.

Speaking of global, the Realme 10 Pro and 10 Pro+ both became available outside China. Realme 10 Pro will start at $319 in its 8/128GB trim, while Realme 10 Pro+ is priced at $379 for the same RAM and storage combination. Both devices are offered in Dark Matter black, Nebula Blue and Hyperspace gradient colors. Open sales begin December 14 for the 10 Pro+ and December 16 for the 10 Pro.

Xiaomi’s 13 series became official on Sunday. The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro are for China for the moment, but we’re hoping they’ll become global as well. Both have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The Xiaomi 13 Pro has a 6.73-inch 3200x1440px 120Hz display and a 4,820mAh battery with 120W wired and 50W wireless charging. Camera-wise, the Pro has a 50MP 1-inch type IMX989 main camera, a 50MP 14mm ultrawide camera, and a 75mm f/2.0 zoom camera. The Xiaomi 13 has a 6.36-inch 2400x1080px 120Hz display and a 4,500mAh battery with 67W wired and 50W wireless charging. Its camera system isn’t as robust, with a 50MP IMX800 main camera, 15mm ultrawide, and the same 75mm zoom camera.

It’s not just the phones getting some new toys to play with.


Tecno unveils Phantom X2 with Dimensity 9000, X2 Pro with retractable portrait lens

Both phones are nearly identical besides the rear cameras – both use the same chipset, same 6.8″ 120Hz display and 5,160mAh battery with 45W fast charging.


OnePlus 11 official renders leak

Check out the upcoming OnePlus flagship in its Volcanic Black and Forest Emerald colors.


Xiaomi 13 Ultra camera specs tipped

The 13 Ultra will retain the 1-inch Sony IMX989 module from the 12S Ultra.


Xiaomi 13 pre-orders are live despite postponed launch

Users are asked to pay CNY999 ($142) in advance for an unannounced phone.


Xiaomi 13 launch rescheduled for December 11

Yes, the launch is on Sunday.


iQOO 11 and 11 Pro are official with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, UFS 4.0 storage, 200W charging

The iQOO 11 is going global, the iQOO 11 Pro is China-only for now.


Realme 10 Pro and 10 Pro+ make their global debut

Realme 10 Pro will start at $319 in its 8/128GB trim while Realme 10 Pro+ is priced at $379.


Samsung US offers holiday savings on the Galaxy Z Fold4, S22 series and Tab S8 series

The “Discover Samsung” event is your last chance to order something and have it arrive before December 24.


Google's Pixel Fold may have just run Geekbench under the Felix moniker

The Google Felix is believed to be the long-awaited Pixel Fold.


Rumor: Redmi K60 to feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the Pro is getting the 8+ Gen 1 instead

Yes, not the other way around, which would make more sense. It’s possible that the rumors have flipped things around, of course.


The Tecno MegaBook S1 is a super thin and light 15.6

This is much more premium than its first laptop, the MegaBook T1. It’s made out of a magnesium alloy and is equipped with a rich selection of ports.


Realme UI 4.0 will make its global debut on December 8, here are the highlights

Version 4.0 already launched with the Realme 10 Pro and 10 Pro+ in China, now the phones and skin are ready to go global.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 series is launching soon in India

It’s currently available in China only.


Tecno Phantom X2 in for review

We have already seen what the X2 Pro can do, now we turn our attention to the vanilla model – it’s mostly the same except that the camera hardware and the price have been dialed down.


Xiaomi announces 72 million units sold of the Redmi Note series in India

The milestone comes after eight years of sales of the series.


Xiaomi 13 Pro is finally getting official IP rating, teaser video reveals

The phone will be safe from the elements, a new video reveals.


This is the Google Pixel Fold in render form

Check out the upcoming Google folding phone which is rumored to launch in May 2023.


OnePlus collaborating with Keychron to make a mechanical keyboard

Available globally early next year.


[UPDATE: It is the 11R] First live photo of OnePlus 11 reveals camera details

We’re looking at a main + ultrawide + 2 MP combo on the back.


Samsung Galaxy M04's launch date, design, and key specs revealed by Amazon

It’s expected to come with the Helio G35 SoC.


Realme 10 Pro in for review

The more affordable member in the Realme 10 Pro series brings a flat LCD, Snapdragon 695 and 33W charging.


Realme GT Neo 5 rumored to come with 240W wired charging

Under ten-minute full charges might become a thing sooner than you think.


Samsung rolls out OneUI 5.0 with Android 13 to Galaxy A22 and  A23 LTE/5G

The firmware is live in Europe for now.




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