Week 40 in review: Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro and Galaxy S23 FE arrive

Google unveiled the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro alongside the Pixel Watch 2 this week. The Pixel 8 duo packs the Tensor G3 chipset – a 4nm unit with a Cortex-X3 primer core and faster AI. The Pixel 8 Pro has a new 48MP ultrawide camera, while the Pixel 8 has a new 12MP ultrawide, a smaller 6.2-inch display that refreshes faster at 120Hz. Both phones are on sale now.

The Google Pixel Watch 2 comes with the Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 with 2GB of RAM and a slightly bigger battery that promises 24 hours of use.

The Galaxy S23 FE packs a 50MP wide camera, 8MP 3x zoom, 12MP ultrawide, and a 10MP selfie camera. It uses either a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or an Exynos 2200 depending on your location, and a 4,500mAh battery. There’s a 6.4-inch 60Hz-120Hz Super AMOLED on the front.

OnePlus started the proper teaser campaign for its first foldable, the OnePlus Open. We saw a teaser video of the device with some key aspects, like the camera module, hidden. The foldable is expected later this month.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra bested the iPhone 15 Pro Max in a drop test. The test highlighted the fragility of the Pro Max’s new design.

The full list of our top stories this week is below!

The iPhone 15 Pro Max vs Galaxy S23 Ultra drop test raises questions over titanium strength

Both phones’ glass panels break, but the Galaxy is by far the better functioning in the long run.

Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro debut with Tensor G3, new ultrawide cameras

The Pixel 8 shrinks down to a 6.2-inch display but it’s now 120Hz-ready.

Samsung Galaxy S23 FE upgrades the camera to 50MP, uses last year's flagship chipsets

The new FE pairs the SD 8 Gen 1 and Exynos 2200 chips with 8GB of RAM, while the main camera leaves behind the old 12MP sensor

Google Pixel 8 unboxed on video two days before the official launch

The contents of the retail package are the same things that the Pixel 6 and 7 got. The official launch of the new Pixels is on Wednesday.

OnePlus Open hype building campaign officially starts with a first look video

It’s also an interview with OnePlus’ Pete Lau, who reveals a few details about it.

Android 14 October 4 release confirmed by carrier

That’s the day of the Pixel 8 announcement, and it’s not a coincidence.

Nokia XR21 Limited Edition debuts to celebrate start of EU manufacturing

Only 50 units of the Frosted Platinum Nokia XR21 will be made.

Android 14 is now rolling out to Pixel devices

You’ll need a Pixel 4a 5G or newer device to test it out.

New Pixel 8 Pro leak details Tensor G3 chip ahead of announcement

The latest leak comes just one day ahead of the Pixel 8 launch event.

Samsung Galaxy S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra will all have titanium frames, new rumor claims

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max won’t be the only titanium phones around for much longer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE and Buds FE announced

Tab S9 FE is available in two sizes and both come bundled with the S Pen stylus.

Apple acknowledges iPhone 15 Pro series overheating issues, promises fix

Cupertino is working on a software update that will tackle the overheating and throttling issues reported by users.

Here are the prices of the new Samsung Galaxy FE devices around the world

The new Galaxy S23 FE was joined by two Tab S9 FE tablets and a new pair of TWS buds. The tablets and buds are launching next week, the phone is coming later on.

iOS 17.0.3 is out to fix overheating for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

It also addresses a security vulnerability.

Samsung's Exynos 2400's GPU performance and key specs revealed

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 still outperforms it in a GPU-intensive benchmark.

Samsung Exynos 2400 detailed – 70% faster CPU, Xclipse 940 GPU with AMD RDNA 3 graphics

The upcoming flagship chipset was introduced at Samsung System LSI Tech Day in San Jose, California.

Google Pixel Watch 2 arrives with new chipset and improved battery life

There is only one size, 41mm with a 1.2″ display, and the design is unchanged from last year. There are a number of improvements on the inside, however.

Watch the  Pixel 8 announcement live here

It’s time for Google to finally put an end to the Pixel 8 leaks.

Sharp unveils Sense8 mid-ranger with  Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, 50MP camera with OIS

Other upgrades include a 1-90Hz display (IGZO OLED) and a bigger 5,000mAh battery.

vivo V29 Pro unveiled with 2x portrait camera, Dimensity 8200 chipset

This is an upgrade over the current vivo V29. It’s similar to the vivo V27 Pro from earlier this year too, but with the addition of the portrait cam and faster charging.

Samsung to further cut production of memory chips to stem the losses

The company’s memory chip business posted its first loss in 14 years in Q1. Production of DRAM and NAND chips will be reduced to deal with the slump in demand.

iPhone 15 Pro owners report dead NFC modules after using wireless charging in their BMWs

The issue manifests as being unable to set up Apple Pay, though some have had their phones go in recovery mode.

Samsung officially unveils One UI 6 with redesigned Quick panel and new font

As well as a new app for video editing – Samsung Studio.

vivo V29 Pro in for review

We shot a couple of portraits with its new 2x camera.

Best Buy sells the Pixel 8 Pro with a free Pixel Watch 2, Pixel 8 gets the Pixel Buds Pro instead

Besides the free accessories, you can also get up to $800 in trade-in credit.

Stacked OnePlus 11R Solar Red launches as India exclusive

It’s red, it has vegan leather, 18GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage for INR 45,999.

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