Week 24 in review: Honor 50 series arrive, Windows 11 leaks, Realme GT Europe-bound

Another week down, let’s recap. Nokia unveiled a couple of featurephones in the 110 4G and 105 4G, which promise years of network connectivity for as little as $15 (if their predecessors’ prices are taken into account).

Japan got another exclusive phone with a 1-inch camera sensor. The Leitz Phone 1 is a rebranded Sharp Aquos R6, the pioneer of the 1-inch camera in a phone that also launched as a Japan-exclusive. Covering up the camera bump is a special Leica cap and the exclusive phone is on pre-order for JPY 187,920 ($1,700).

A few rumors, concerning the Galaxy S22 series broke out, suggesting that the Galaxy S22 and S22+ could have smaller non-LTPO screens and plastic rear panels. Numbers suggest 6.06-inch for the S22 and 6.55-inch for the S22+, down from 6.2-inch and 6.7-inch on the S21/S21+.

Windows 11 leaked through screenshots. The next variant of the OS will bring a redesigned Start Menu, the option to put taskbar icons in the center, rounded window corners and a set of new wallpapers.

The Honor 50 series arrived with Google Mobile Services and the announcement that Honor phones are going to support GMS going forward. There’s still the question if already-available Honor smartphones will gain GMS support retroactively.

The Honor 50 Pro, 50 and 50 SE all have 120Hz displays and 108MP cameras. The Honor 50 and 50 Pro share a Snapdragon 778G chipset, while the Honor 50 SE relies on a Dimensity 900.

Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro go on pre-sale from June 25 in China. Honor 50 starts at CNY 2,699 ($422) while the Honor 50 Pro begins at CNY 3,699 ($578). The Honor 50 SE comes on July 2 for CNY 2,399 ($375).

The Realme GT 5G came to Europe with an early starting price of just €369 for the 8/128GB model and €499 for the 12/256GB. Those will balloon up to €449 and €599, respectively after next week.

See you next week!

Nokia 110 4G and 105 4G unveiled with LTE connectivity

2G networks around the world are already being shut off, meaning that the Nokia 110 and 105 from 2019 may soon stop working.

Leitz Phone 1 is a Leica-branded phone exclusive to Japan

Pre-orders in Japan begin tomorrow.

Samsung Galaxy S22 family display sizes leak, only the Ultra will adopt LTPO

The Galaxy S22 and S22+ will have smaller displays.

First case for the Pixel 6 surface, has complex design that wraps around the odd camera bump

The characteristic camera bump seen in multiple renders is going to cause headaches for case makers.

Windows 11 revealed in leaked screenshots

New Start Menu and UI design await.

Google announces six new features for Android, all landing this summer

These features aren’t limited to Pixels, they’re headed to all Android devices.

Honor 50 series unveiled with 120Hz displays, 108MP cameras and GMS support

The Honor 50, Honor 50 Pro and Honor 50 SE were announced in China earlier today. They will be available in over 40 regions internationally later this year.

Honor confirms it's coming back to the GMS family

Compatible Honor devices will have to option to have Google Mobile Services.

Only Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will get glass back, Plus and vanilla to get plastic

Samsung will employ an all-new back processing design.

Xiaomi sets up Pioneer Team to polish MIUI experience

A new MIUI Pioneer Team has been tasked with fixing inconsistencies.

New Xiaomi foldable to arrive in Q4 with Snapdragon 888

It will be a follow-up of the Mi Mix Fold.

Samsung Galaxy F22 Bluetooth certification confirms it is a rebranded Galaxy A22

That means it will come with Helio G80 SoC, 90Hz AMOLED screen, 48MP quad camera, and a 5,000 mAh battery.

Android 12 Beta 2 can show the duration of the current call in the status bar

This means the duration of the call is always visible and you can tap on it to get back to the phone app – no need to open the notification shade.

OnePlus confirms that OxygenOS is here to stay

The recent switch to ColorOS in China will not be replicated to other regions.

OnePlus will deepen its integration with Oppo

The two companies already merged some teams and combined resources – that proved to work so well that now the two are getting even closer.

The Realme X9 Pro (RMX3366) will have a Snapdragon 870 chipset, 50 MP IMX766 sensor

Note that the previously “X9 Pro” actually launched as the “X7 Max”, so the name may not be accurate.

Several Chinese smartphone makers are already testing the Snapdragon 888 successor

The next flagship chipset from Qualcomm is expected to arrive later this year.

Samsung Galaxy M32 to arrive on June 21 with big battery

The phone will have a 64 MP quad camera, bright Super AMOLED display.

Realme GT arrives in Europe, early birds get an amazing deal

The price is for early birds, the actual retail price will be €449 and €599.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 rumored to go on sale on August 27

The foldables will be joined by the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Buds2 wireless earphones.

Samsung denies rumors of Galaxy S21 FE's delayed arrival

The company has stated “nothing has been determined” so far.

Motorola Defy officially announced with IP68 rating and Gorilla Glass Victus

This is the first Motorola Defy phone in over 9 years.

Google Messages end-to-end encryption no longer in beta

Google first announced secure messaging back in November, but the feature is now available to all Messages users.

Rugged Motorola Defy 2021 has full specs leaked alongside a bunch of images

Looks like Motorola is ready to get back into the ruggedized smartphone game.

Honor launches MagicBook X 14 and X 15 with 10th Gen Intel processors

Powerful and sleek looks at a reasonable price.

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