Weekend filler: The new phones of week 32
It’s mid-August, but Samsung, Xiaomi, Motorola, and OnePlus have kept things busy with a slew of announcements. Here’s a recap of all the new phones released in week 32.
It all started with OnePlus and its Ace Pro smartphone which was launched in China as the local equivalent of the OnePlus 10T. You can see the differences between the two come down to RAM/storage with the Ace Pro starting with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage and maxing out at 16/512GB. The other differentiator is the software with the Ace Pro getting ColorOS 12.1 based on Android 12 while the OnePlus 10T again runs OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12.
OnePlus Ace Pro in Moonstone Black and Jade Green
Pricing and availability for the Ace Pro are as follows – the base 12/256GB model starts at CNY3,499 ($518), the mid-level 16/256GB option is priced at CNY3,799 ($562 ) while the top-tier 16/512GB model is CNY 4,299 ($636).
Samsung has announced its fourth generation foldable phones with the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Z Fold4. The new foldables look similar to their predecessors, but Samsung has made a lot of changes to both phones.
The Galaxy Z Flip4 is a bit shorter and narrower than its predecessor and gets slimmer bezels for a more modern look. The same improvements have been made to the Z Fold4 which is now 3.1mm shorter than the Z Fold3 with its also 2.7mm wider cover screen which comes at the expense of bezels.
Both phones get the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chips and slightly tweaked cameras. Z Fold4 gets a 50MP main shooter alongside a new 10MP 3x telephoto module and the same old 12MP ultrawide. The Z Flip4 gets a 12MP main camera that has 1.8µm pixels – a significant improvement over the Z Flip3’s main camera.
Galaxy Z Fold4 is the first phone running Android 12L which brings optimizations for large-screen foldables while Z Flip4 runs standard Android 12 with One UI 4.1 on top.
Pricing for the Z Flip4 starts at $999 / £999 / £1,099 and peaks at $1,179 / £1,199 / €1,279. The Galaxy Z Fold4 starts at $1,799/£1,649/€1,799 and can go up to $2,159/£2,019/€2,159 for the 1TB version.
Motorola has announced four new phones including the Razr 2022, a direct rival to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip4. The new Razr brings a more useful 2.7 cover display that lets you use apps without having to open the main 6.7-inch OLED panel. The Razr 2022’s redesigned hinge is now stronger and allows the phone to fold completely flat with no visible gap.
Motorola Moto Razr 2022
Motorola also brought a flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and a 50MP 1/1.55″ and OIS sensor this time around alongside a 13MP ultrawide module. The battery has increased to 3,500mAh and the phone is comes with a 33W charger.Price is set at CNY5,999 ($890) for 8/128GB variant, CNY6,499 ($965) for 8/256GB and CNY7,299 ($1,085) for 12/ 512 GB.
Other non-foldable Moto phones include the Motorola X30 Pro – a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flagship that’s also the first announced phone with a 200MP main camera. Samsung’s ISOCELL HP1 200MP gets a 1/1.22″ sensor size with f/1.95 aperture, OIS and 16-in-1 pixel binning. It can produce 12.5MP shots with an individual pixel size of 2.56µm, 50MP stills with 1.28µm pixels or even 200MP full shots at 0.64µm pixels.
Motorola X30 Pro in black and white
The X30 Pro also brings a 6.67-inch OLED with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 4,610mAh battery with 125W wired fast charging. Pricing in China starts at CNY3,699 ($548) for the 8/128 GB version and go up to CNY 4,499 ($668) for the 12/512 GB model.
The Motorola S30 Pro is a Snapdragon 888+ device with a 6.67-inch OLED and 144Hz refresh rate. It features a 50MP main camera with OIS, a 13MP ultrawide module and a 2MP depth sensor . The phone also gets a 4,400mAh battery with 68W fast charging support. It starts at CNY1,999 ($326) for the entry-level 8/128GB model and goes up to CNY2,899 ($430). $) for the high-end 12/512 GB version.
Motorola S30 Pro in black and blue
The fourth new Moto phone is the Moto G62 which was launched in India. It gets a Snapdragon 695, a 6.5-inch LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 5,000mAh battery with 20W charging. The phone runs Android 12 almost stock and gets a main camera of 50MP.
The Moto G62 will be available from August 19 for ₹18,000 in its base 6/128GB variant.
Xiaomi held a big launch conference in China where it announced a worthy rival to the Galaxy Z Fold4 with its Mix Fold 2 as well as the Redmi K50 Ultra. Both phones feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, although neither is confirmed for global launch yet.
Mix Fold 2 is just 11.2mm thick when folded and 5.4mm when unfolded – for comparison, the Z Fold4 is 15.8mm folded and 6.3mm unfolded. You get a 6.56-inch AMOLED cover screen while the main screen is 8-inches. Both feature a 120Hz refresh rate and support Dolby Vision and 1,000 nits brightness.
Mix Fold 2 also gets a three-camera setup co-developed with Leica – a 50MP main camera, a 13MP ultra-wide module, and an 8MP 2x telephoto lens. The battery is rated at 4,500mAh and supports fast charging up to 67W. Pricing starts at CNY8,999 ($1,340) for the 12/256GB model and goes up to CNY11,999 ($1,780 ) for the 12 GB RAM and 1 TB storage version.
Redmi K50 Ultra offers a 6.67-inch 12-bit AMOLED with a resolution of 1220 x 2712 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The phone is equipped with a large vapor chamber of 3725 mm² to help keep the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 under control. You also get a 108 MP main camera with OIS and an 8 MP ultrawide module. The battery is rated at 5,000mAh and supports 120W charging.
Redmi K50 Ultra in black, silver and blue
Redmi K50 Ultra starts at CNY 3,000 ($445) in its 8/128 GB version and goes up to CNY 4,200 ($623) for the Mercedes F1 12/512 GB edition.