Week 50 in review: Galaxy S23 Ultra details arrive, Oppo Find N2/Flip official

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Welcome to our 50th-week recap of 2022, only two more to go!

This week, Oppo launched the Find N2 and N2 Flip. The Find N2 is an evolution of the Find N with a thinner and lighter body, new hinge, a better camera system, and a much better display among other things. The Find N2 has a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, a faster-charging battery (67W), and a 120Hz cover screen. The Find N2 will be available in China for now with no word on global availability.

What is going global is Oppo’s Find N2 Flip, which is a whole new device category for Oppo. It has a fairly big 3.62-inch cover display (a 60Hz OLED panel, 382 x 720px), and a 6.8-inch 120Hz internal display, while processing is handled by the Dimensity 9000+. The camera setup is a 50MP main module (same IMX890 1/1.56” sensor) and an 8MP ultrawide unit (112°, IMX355). The MariSilicon X chip is on board to handle processing. The Oppo Find N2 Flip is slated for a global release, the full details will be made available later on.

Xiaomi announced MIUI 14, the latest Android 13-based OS for Xiaomi devices. Xiaomi says this is the most optimized and streamlined MIUI to date and it starts with Project Razor. The team behind MIUI 14 updated the system architecture on the Android Kernel level with CPU, GPU, and memory resource scheduling, lighter system firmware size, and decreased memory usage. Xiaomi claims MIUI 14 runs 60% smoother compared to its predecessor on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro will be the first devices to launch with MIUI 14 on December 14. Xiaomi also shared its official update schedule for China which includes 11 devices in January, and another four in April.

Motorola unveiled the Moto X40 with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, a 165Hz OLED display, IP68 water resistance, a 4,600mAh battery with 125W charging, and 15W wireless charging. The X40 is equipped with a 50MP sensor (1/1.56”) with OIS and 1.0µm pixels. Next to the main cam is an ultrawide-angle lens (117°) with a 50MP sensor (1.3µm pixels). This one has autofocus, so it can shoot macro images from 2.5cm/1”. Also on board is a 2x portrait camera with a 12MP sensor (IMX663, 1.22µm pixels). For selfies, there is a 60MP selfie camera with a centered punch hole. The Motorola Moto X40 is on pre-order in China right now, shipping is set to begin on December 22.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra was detailed through a TENAA listing. The phone measures 163.4 x 78.1 x 8.9mm and weighs 233g – the same dimensions as the outgoing S22 Ultra. The battery is also the same at 5,000mAh. The cameras weren’t listed, so we got no confirmation on the alleged new 200MP sensor (1/1.3”, 0.6µm, 12MP default resolution). The main camera will reportedly finally make the jump to 8K @ 30fps video (previous models stick to a cinematic 24fps).

The Samsung Unpacked event will take place in the first week of February, according to inside info, the launch is expected to be a couple of weeks later in late February.

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The phone will be essentially the same size as its predecessor and will feature the overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

MIUI 14 announced with improved system architecture and refined design

A lighter and visually refined rendition of MIUI.

Apple confirms it uses Sony camera sensors for its iPhones

Hardly a shocking development, but it’s good to have an official confirmation.

The Redmi Note 12 Pro+ will launch globally on January 5

It’s not clear which of its siblings will be joining it.

Moto X40 unveiled with SD 8 Gen 2 and 165Hz OLED display, Moto G53 offers 5G on the cheap

There is no X40 Pro, at least not yet. The one thing keeping this from a “pro” label may be the main camera. On the plus side, it is cheaper than the X30 Pro.

OnePlus launches X 27 QHD 165Hz gaming monitor in India

The cheaper E 24 productivity monitor will be launching later.

Sony rolls out Android 13 update for three smartphones

All three smartphones were announced with Android 11.

Oppo Find N2 is thinner, lighter and with better screens, the Find N2 Flip is going global

Oppo learned from the Find N and improved its hinge design significantly to make the phones light, durable and to make the crease smaller.

Oppo Find X6 image leaks, shows a completely reworked design

The camera island is back – with a vengeance. And is it just us or is that Hasselblad logo bigger than it used to be?

Apple releases iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 with Freeform and Apple Music Sing on board

There are also dozens of security fixes included.

Motorola expands its list of devices getting Android 13

And yet there’s no word on when each of these will receive the new software.

Realme UI 4 with Android 13 review

Here is what’s new in the Android 13-based Realme UI 4.0.

Apple to open iOS to third-party app stores next year

The company will apply the changes only in EU markets.

Samsung is expanding Good Lock to more countries

Galaxy phones in nearly 20 countries are getting the set of customizations.

OnePlus 11R specs leak again alongside shots of the alert slider and IR blaster

The phone is most likely launching soon.

Oppo unveils OHealth H1, MariSilicon Y, and Air Glass 2 at Inno Day 2022

The OHealth H1 is a clever health monitor, the MariSilicon Y an advanced Bluetooth audio SoC.

OnePlus 11 certified with 100W fast charging

It will support 11V/9.1A power output.

One UI 5.0/Android 13 arrives on Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, Galaxy S10 Lite and Tab S7 FE

The two phones are from early 2020 and started life with Android 10. The tablet is from last year.

The Elec: Samsung is forming a new chipset development team within its mobile division

Past rumors suggest we may see the first Galaxy S series exclusive Samsung chipset sometime in 2025.

Oppo Find N2 in for review

Oppo’s second-gen foldable is here and better in almost every way.

iOS market share ticks up at the end of 2022, Android down slightly

During Q4 of this year the success of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have boosted iOS market share. Android still hovers above the 70% mark, though.

Motorola Moto X40 certified with 68W and 125W charging options

It was certified with two chargers – one is 68W and the other is a 125W GaN adapter.

Realme GT Neo 5 smiles for the camera in first leaked image

We catch a glimpse at its back and the vivo-like (or is that Poco-like) camera island design.

OnePlus now seeding OxygenOS 13 to the OnePlus 10T

The firmware brings Android 13 with the November 2022 security patch.

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