Samsung Unpacked event is scheduled for August 11 at 2 PM GMT. Samsung is expected to unveil a lot of products in that event such as the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, Galaxy S21 FE, and the Galaxy Watch series devices.
The latest report we got is that Samsung won’t launch the Galaxy S21 FE in that event. This information was revealed by LetsGoDigital, who claim to have seen Samsung documentation “stating that the Galaxy S21 FE will not be introduced during the Galaxy Unpacked event.”
It doesn’t mean that the phone won’t be launched though, the launch might still happen later this year. It will be quite disappointing to Samsung fans as they were highly expecting the S21 FE.
In case there are people expecting the Galaxy Note series, you will be disappointed too.
Samsung’s co-CEO of IT and Mobile Communications division, DJ Koh, confirmed during Samsung’s 52nd annual shareholder’s meeting earlier this year that the company will launch a new Galaxy Note smartphone next year.
So as the Samsung August 2021 Unpacked event is fast approaching, don’t expect to see the S21 FE and the Note 21 series. The Galaxy Note 21 series will be launched next year while the Galaxy S21 FE launch is expected this year.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, and the Watch Active 4 rumours
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has been on the rumour mill and some specs of the device had leaked.
According to a leakster, the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and not the newly announced Snapdragon 888+ SoC.
The chipset will be coupled with up to 512GB of internal storage, however, the amount of RAM is not known at the moment.
Talking about cameras, the handset will house triple 12MP sensors on the back. These could be paired with a wide-angle lens, an ultra-wide-angle lens, and a telephoto lens.
Additionally, the phone will come with two under-display cameras. A 16MP sensor will sit underneath the internal main screen, whereas a 10MP sensor will be behind the external cover screen.
It is said that the device will go on sale on August 27 in the US and the UK. The sales in India will commence from September. Regarding the Galaxy Z Flip 3, not much is known about the device but it is said to come with a bigger outer display.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and the Active recently appeared on the Amazon Canada website. It revealed that they will come in 40mm, 42mm, and 46mm sizes. They will also come in Black and Silver colour options.
The Watch 4 Classic will be made of Steel while the Watch 4 will be made of aluminium. They come with 1.36-inches and 1.19-inches display sizes for the 44/46mm and 40/42mm variants respectively.
For the battery capacity, they have 361mAh and 247 mAh respectively. Amazon Canadian website revealed that the Watch 4 (40mm variant) will be priced at CA$309 (under USD 250) and the Watch 4 Classic (46mm) will be priced at CA$468.88 (370 USD).
OnePlus will talk about its ColorOS adaptation plan on September 16
ColorOS 12 will be announced on September 16. Ahead of the announcement, a OnePlus official on Weibo has revealed that OnePlus will be sharing its ColorOS adaptation plan in that event.
It doesn’t come as a surprise because earlier this year, OnePlus merged with Oppo and revealed that they will be sharing features with oppo henceforth and one of them is Custom UI. OnePlus also said that some of its phones will be rebadged as Oppo phones in some regions.
Going forward, OnePlus phones in China will be running on the ColorOS user interface. The company said that its global version phones will keep running on HydrogenOS. In August, the CEO of the company revealed that the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and the 8T in China will be adapting to the ColorOS UI next year.
The ColorOS 12 that will be announced on September 16 has a “Da Vinci” code name. It is based on Android 12 and can be used on Smartwatches and Tablets. The OS is said to bring some features already available on MIUI from Xiaomi, Flyme from Meizu, Smartisan OS, and HydrogenOS.
A new Xiaomi mid-range smartphone with 5G bags 3C certification
A new Xiaomi smartphone with 5G has been spotted on the 3C certification website. The device has model number 21091116AC and it will have a 33W fast charging. This was first spotted by popular leakster, Digital Chat Station.
According to him, this will be a 5G smartphone with a MediaTek processor and a 50-megapixels camera. This is the first time the device is appearing so we don’t know anything about it yet but as time goes on, we will start getting leaks regarding the phone.
Netizens on Weibo are guessing that the phone may be the Redmi K40 Gaming without a shoulder button while some are saying that it may be Redmi K40 Youth Edition for China, time will tell.
Vivo V1 image signal processor (ISP) announced
We discovered that Vivo has unveiled its first image signal processor dubbed V1 in an event last week in China, Shenzhen to be precise. The company claimed that the chipset has spent 3 years in the making and was developed by 300 employees.
With the V1 chipset, they aimed at improving the camera experience of their smartphones. Vivo said that there will be a camera feature that they will introduce in the future, the V1 chipset will help them focus in that aspect and achieve a great result.
“V1 is a fully customised integrated circuit chip dedicated for imaging and video applications with leading-edge visual quality, marking a key milestone as Vivo’s inaugural breakthrough in independent R&D and chip design. In line with Vivo’s imaging system design, the Imaging Chip V1 can better serve user needs by optimising smartphone application scenarios such as viewfinder look and video recording” – said Hu Baishan, the executive VP and COO of Vivo.
The company has recently revealed that the Vivo X70 series will come with the V1 chipset. The company also said that the V1 chipset is expected to be used in four different tracks such as in the imaging system, operating system, industrial design and performance.