Week 38 in review: Redmi Note 13 announced, iPhone 15 is now for sale

Last week, we saw the arrival of the iPhone 15 series, and the new quartet is still dominating the headlines this week as it went on sale in the first wave of regions.

Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 13 series in its home market. Honor made the V Purse concept a real phone albeit one that will only be sold in China.

A bunch of Chinese makers found themselves in hot water, as Xiaomi phones are no longer for sale by carriers in Finland. At the same time, the Huawei Mate 60 Pro was found to have components of questionable origin – a 7nm chipset with 5G capabilities and SK Hynix RAM. On top of everything, Germany could impose a limit on which companies can provide 5G equipment, with Huawei and ZTE receiving the biggest hit of such a ban.

Samsung launched a super-rugged version of the Galaxy S23 and Xcover6 Pro, while Google finally dropped software support for the unimpressive Pixel 4a.

The week ended with a glamorous event in Singapore, where Tecno released its first clamshell foldable – the Phantom V Flip and the device could be a game-changer given its low price of $600.

Below is the list of the most popular stories from the past week!

Teardown video shows the Huawei Mate 60 Pro components that shouldn't be there

Sanctions should have made a 7nm Huawei chip impossible and that RAM hasn’t been available to Huawei for years. Yet there they are.

Redmi Note 13 Pro+ shines in all its beauty ahead of tomorrow's launch

There are also White and Black variants.

200MP telephoto cameras will be the hottest new trend, according to Samsung

The inherent zoom capabilities of these sensors have only been used in main cameras with wide lenses for now. In the future a 3x cam could also reach out to 6x and 12x.

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE design fully revealed in 360-degree spin

The FE will follow the S23-series design language while bringing S22-series hardware.

Carriers in Finland suspend sales of Xiaomi phones

The action is due to Xiaomi’s growing market share in Russia.

itel S23+ arrives with a 6.78

It packs a 5,000 mAh battery.

Honor 100 Pro rumored to launch in November

It will feature a “high-megapixel count” front-facing camera.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra rumored to ditch 10x periscope module

Samsung will instead offer a new 50MP telephoto module with 5x optical zoom.

iPhone 15 Pro Max showcases its might on AnTuTu

The A17 Pro chipset holds a 27% advantage over its predecessor in the GPU tests.

iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 now seeding to compatible phones and tablets

The official builds of WatchOS 10 and tvOS 10 are also rolling out today.

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 – a 4nm chipset for the midrange

The new SoC is less powerful than any other 7-series chip.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro to have a flagship-tier memory combo and 120W fast charging

It will have 16 GB LPPDR5 RAM and 512 GB UFS 3.1 storage.

The iPhone 15 series is disappointing, says Honor CEO a day ahead of the Honor V Purse launch

CEO George Zhao thinks that Apple is losing its position as a leader in the smartphone industry and that it is falling behind on innovation.

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE Google Play Console listing confirms Exynos and Snapdragon versions

This phone just can’t stop leaking.

Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra finally get One UI 6 beta based on Android 14

It’s taken quite a while for the beta program to reach last year’s flagship family.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro appears on Geekbench with Snapdragon 7s Gen 2

Xiaomi will unveil its Redmi Note 13 lineup on Thursday in China.

iPhone 16 Pro rumored to gain tetraprism periscope next year

The new zoom lens is currently causing production challenges for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Samsung announces Galaxy S23 and Galaxy XCover6 Pro Tactical Edition smartphones

They are aimed at military operators and people with a similar job profile.

Google's Bard AI can now connect to Gmail, Google Docs, Maps, Drive, and YouTube

This is now possible through the newly launched Bard Extensions.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ brings IP68 rating, 200MP main cam and Dimensity 7200-Ultra

It’s the first IP68-rated Redmi phone.

Kuo: iPhone 15 Pro Max demand is outpacing last year’s 14 Pro Max

Production challenges remain.

Google drops software support for Pixel 4a

The 4G smartphone is not going to receive any more software updates.

Redmi Note 13 and Note 13 Pro also unveiled

The former gets the Dimensity 6080 chipset, the latter sports the new Snapdragon 7s Gen 2.

Honor V Purse launches: a thin and light outward foldable with a unique style

It has a 7.71″ display that wraps around the outside, leaving a 6.45″ 19.4:9 display on the front when closed. Only a limited number of units will be sold. 

Xiaomi 13T series pricing leaks yet again, it's at least €300 lower than the Xiaomi 13 series

The 13T and 13T Pro won’t be as high-end as the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro from December. The official unveiling is next week.

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