Week 27 in review: Pixel 8 Pro hands-on leak, iPhone 15 series battery rumors, Red Magic 8S Pro and Pro+ debut


The first week of July brought plenty of interesting stories and it’s not time to recap and make sure you haven’t missed any of them.

A Google Pixel 8 Pro prototype appeared in a set of hands-on images way ahead of its announcement. The device appears to have a flat screen with a centered punch hole cutout and three cameras on the back – an updated 50 MP main unit with a Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor, a 64 MP Sony IMX787 ultrawide module, and the 48MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom. The device also has the rumored infrared thermometer on the side of the visor next to the LED flash.

The other big news of the week concerns the rumored battery capacities for the upcoming iPhone 15 series. The regular iPhone 15 is expected to get a bump up to a 3,877 mAh cell, the 15 Plus is expected to carry a 4,912 mAh capacity which would be the largest battery cell on an iPhone to date. The iPhone 15 Pro is expected to go with a 3,650 mAh capacity cell while the 15 Pro Max should come in with a 4,852 mAh battery.

Red Magic 8s Pro and Pro+ are now official with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 chipsets featuring an overclocked prime core (3.36GHz) and faster GPU clock speeds (719MHz) which is in line with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset. The Pro+ variant now comes with up to 24GB RAM and 1TB of storage for CNY 7,499 ($1,035/€950/₹85,000). Red Magic 8s Pro starts at CNY 4,000 ($550/€510/₹45,500) for the 8/128GB trim.

We also saw the debut of the Red Magic tablet with a 12.1-inch IPS LCD (144Hz), Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and a 10,000 mAh battery with 80W charging. Red Magic tablet starts at CNY 3,899 ($538) for the 12/256GB trim and goes up to CNY 4,599 ($635) for the 16/512GB version.

OnePlus Nord 3 is now official with Dimensity 9000 SoC, a better screen and bigger battery starting at €499. We also got the India-exclusive Nord CE3 which starts at INR 26,999 and the Nord Buds 2r which are priced at INR 2,199.

The Nothing Phone (2) design was officially confirmed and we got a video walkthrough from MKBHD detailing the updated Glyph Interface. Xiaomi 14 early specs emerged suggesting the devices will be equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset 4,680 mAh battery cell on the Xiaomi 14 (90W wired charging) and a 5,000 mAh cell on the 14 Pro (120W wired charging). Xiaomi also confirmed its Mix Fold 3 is launching in August.

Samsung pfficially confirmed it will hold its Unpacked event on July 26 in Seoul, South Korea where we’ll see the debuts of the Galaxy Z Fold5, Z Flip5 and the Galaxy Watch6 series. The Galaxy S21 FE is also confirmed to re-launch in India with a Snapdragon 888 chipset.

We’ve compiled the full list of the biggest stories from the past week below:

Since the source has taken them down, they’re probably the real deal.


All iPhone 15 models rumored to get larger batteries

Apple is set to dominate when it comes to battery life.


Xiaomi 14 series specs tipped

Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 alongside larger batteries and faster wired charging on the Xiaomi 14.


Nothing Phone (2) design confirmed, Glyph Interface showcased

The Glyph Interface on Phone (2) features 11 segmented LED strips with 33 lighting zones.


Here's our first look at the Infinix Hot 30 5G with 50MP camera and vegan leather back

It has a tentative launch date of July 14.


Red Magic 8S Pro debuts Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 chipset, 8S Pro+ offers up to 24GB RAM

The new chip boosts the CPU and GPU clock speeds while improvements to the cooling fan help it keep temps in check.


Nothing Phone (2) appears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and 12GB RAM

It’s launching on July 11.


Red Magic's first tablet announced with SD 8+ Gen 1 and 10,000 mAh battery

Open sales in China start on July 11.


Nothing Phone (2) emerges in more press images

Take a look at the upcoming Nothing Phone (2) in these detailed renders.


The Realme Narzo 60 Pro will have up to 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB storage

Also, up to 12GB fo virtual RAM for a total of 24GB. The Pro will have a curved display, the vanilla model will go for a flat one instead.


Samsung confirms new Galaxy S21 FE with Snapdragon 888 for India

The new version will be coupled with 256 GB storage.


iQOO Neo 7 Pro is official with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and 120W charging

The Neo7 Racing gets a new name for the international markets.


It's official: Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 arrives in August with Leica cameras

The launch timeframe has been confirmed by an exec.


OnePlus Nord 3 debuts with Dimensity 9000 SoC, better screen and bigger battery

There’s also an early bird discount on the beefed-up variant.


Jio launches campaign to replace India's 250M 2G phones

The plan is to introduce 250 million people to mobile internet.


Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event in South Korea confirmed to take place on July 26

Samsung is hosting Galaxy Unpacked in South Korea for the first time.


Google Pixel Fold is destroyed by bend test, doesn't like heat either

Google’s first foldable smartphone isn’t all that durable.


Modular Fairphone 4 finally lands in the US but isn't running Android anymore

It’s been brought Stateside by a company that’s known for “de-Googling”, and thus it’s “de-Googled”.


iQOO 11S and TWS 1 announced

The new phone brings 200W charging and a up to 1TB of storage.


The Samsung Galaxy M34  to cost the same as its predecessor

This hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but the M34 is light on upgrades compared to its predecessor from 2022, so it’s not unexpected.


Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, Watch 6 Classic appear as Google Play Supported Devices

The listing reveals only codenames and model numbers.


Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max will come with exclusive features, higher price

Analyst claims the starting price will be more than the $1,099 iPhone 14 Pro Max cost.


nubia Red Magic Gaming Tablet's battery size and charging speed confirmed

It will be unveiled on July 5 in China alongside the Red Magic 8S Pro.


itel P40+ and A60s announced

Both will be available from Amazon India from next week.


Realme GT Neo 6 leaked render confirms Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 inside

This phone is coming only a few months after the GT Neo 5.




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