Week 46 in review: Galaxy S24 dummies, vivo X100 series is brings Dimensity 9300

Another week is over, so let’s recap. If you’ve seen the Galaxy S22 series, you’ve seen the Galaxy S24 series, if the dummies that leaked are to be believed. The three S24 phones all look pretty much unchanged, for the most part. There will likely be under-the-hood changes but on the outside, the phones look quite similar to the S23 series.

A new report doubled down on the fact that Huawei’s HarmonyOS Next will drop Android support. The OS is nearly ready for release and there has been some serious developer recruitment to bring talent over into Huawei’s new OS.

The vivo X100 series arrived in China, premiering the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 chip. The vivo X100 and X100 Pro both have curved 6.78-inch 8T LTPO AMOLED displays with 1260p resolution, 10bit colors, and a 1-120Hz refresh rate. The panels can crank out up to 3,000 nits peak brightness and offer 2,160Hz PWM dimming for eye protection.

Around the back, the X100 Pro brings three 50MP shooters with a 1-inch type Sony IMX989 main sensor. The X100 Pro is equipped with the world’s first mobile telephoto lens certified by Zeiss APO. The apochromatically corrected zoom lens optics align green, blue and red colors into the same focus plane which should translate to improved clarity and less fringing at contrast edges. The new floating periscope module features an f/2.57 aperture and 100mm equivalent focal length with 4.3x optical and up to 100x digital zoom. On the battery front, vivo X100 gets a 5,000 mAh battery with 120W fast charging while the X100 Pro gets a slightly larger 5,400 mAh cell with 100W charging support and 50W wireless fast charging.

vivo X100 and vivo X100 Pro are available in black, white, blue and orange colors. X100 starts at CNY 3,999 ($548) for the 12/256GB trim and tops out at CNY 5,099($700) for the option with 16GB LPDDR5T RAM and 1TB storage. X100 Pro starts at CNY 4,999 ($685) for the 12/256GB trim and tops out at CNY 5,999 ($823) for the 16GB RAM and 1TB storage version.

This week saw huge momentum in the green-bubble-blue-bubble saga. First, Nothing surprisingly announced that Nothing Chats would bring iMessage compatibility to the Nothing phone (2), and then Apple announced that it would bring RCS support to iPhones in 2024. Apple’s move is likely motivated by the EU’s pending ruling on whether iMessage is a core service, which had the potential to force Apple to add RCS support anyway.

While the iPhone will support RCS, it doesn’t mean that iMessage will chat freely with RCS-powered Android messengers. RCS will bring many iMessage-like features to cross-platform messaging between iPhones and Androids: read receipts, typing indicators, high-quality image and video sharing, location sharing, and the works. And in the end, it still won’t matter, because the bubbles will continue to be green.

You can see all the hot topics of the week below!

Samsung Galaxy S24 series dummies show a familiar design

The 2024 models are supposed to switch to titanium frames and the Ultra will have a flatter display, but from the back all three models appear the same as the old models.

Samsung One UI 6 will reach 30 devices in the next five weeks, here's the roadmap

The full list includes EU-based devices from all price categories.

HarmonyOS Next is almost ready,  will drop Android app support

The OS is ready for rollout.

Honor 100 and 100 Pro to arrive on November 23

The phones will have unique camera islands.

Redmi Note 13R Pro key specs listed ahead of launch

The Redmi Note 13R Pro is expected to launch on November 20 in China.

vivo X100 series pioneers Dimensity 9300, X100 Pro brings 100mm Zeiss APO periscope

The X100 Pro is equipped with the world’s first mobile telephoto lens certified by Zeiss APO.

Honor X50i+ arrives with 108 MP camera, lightweight body

The phone also has an AMOLED panel, 4,500 mAh battery.

Red Magic 9 Pro design revealed, will have even more RGB lights

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset is also confirmed.

Xiaomi has sold more than 1.44 million Xiaomi 14 units in 10 days

Setting a record for Xiaomi’s high-end sales.

Red Magic 9 Pro coming on November 23

The phone will be great at more than just gaming, says the official teaser.

Nothing Chats brings iMessage compatibility to Android

The new messaging app is powered by Sunbird Messaging and will be exclusive to Nothing Phone (2) users at launch.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 7 leaks in official-looking renders

It does appear to be very rugged, unsurprisingly.

Apple finally caves, announces plan to bring RCS to iPhones in 2024

Google will feel vindicated, but note that this doesn’t mean blue bubbles on Android.

China Telecom unveils a Huawei Mate 60 Pro with quantum security

A Quantum Key Distribution algorithm is used to secure VoLTE calls, messaging and file sharing. 

Samsung Galaxy A25 5G appears in TUV listing with 25W charging

The Galaxy A25 is expected to launch in early 2024.

Red Magic 9 Pro will have a flat display, no camera bumps

We can also see the cooling vent on the side.

Samsung Galaxy S24 to gain Instagram camera shortcut on lock screen

The feature will allow users to publish stories, reels, and posts without unlocking the device.

Leaked Xiaomi Redmi K70 render shows off new design in white

The wide camera island makes this look like a Poco phone.

Oppo Find N3 in for review

OnePlus who? This is the Oppo Find N3.

xMEMS announce world’s first ultrasound solid-state speaker for TWS earbuds

These solid-state speakers aim to replace legacy push-air amplifiers with ultrasonic amplitude modulation.

Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 brings 15% faster CPU, 50% more powerful GPU

The latest 7-series Qualcomm chip slides in between the SD 7+ Gen 2 and SD 7s Gen 2.

Gurman: iPhone 16 series to gain exclusive generative AI features

All four iPhone 16 devices are expected to launch with the Apple A18 chipset.

Here are Google's Black Friday deals, going live this Thursday

You can save $400 on the Pixel Fold.

Asus ROG Phone 8 Ultimate certified with 65W charging

The ROG Phone 8 series is expected to launch in Q1, 2024.

Oppo unveils ColorOS 14: here's what's new and when you can get it

The beta rollout has already started, the Oppo Find N2 Flip will be the first to get the stable version in mid-November.

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