News in August 2021
This update is available to customers in 29 countries in Asia, South America and Europe. It contains the transition to Android 11 and a security patch. Devices with LTE modules in July this year began to receive updates under the numbers: T515NKSU8CUF6 (South Korea), T515XXU8CUF2 (Asia) and T515XXU8CUF4 (Europe).
You can find your smartphone in this list. If this works out, then it’s time to check the settings for a notification about the availability of a new version of Android for downloading.
The new Lenovo K13 smartphone received a large 6.5-inch screen, a 5000 mAh battery, dual main cameras, a fingerprint sensor on the back. Powered by Android 10 Go Edition and the old Unisoc SC9863A processor. Despite such not really powerful characteristics, the smartphone has a low price — $105. Sales began at the end of August on the Russian market.
As a reminder, the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic smartwatches were announced at the Samsung Unpacked event in August. These devices received a new BioActive sensor for measuring heart rate, ECG and bioimpedance analysis, a new 5 nm Exynos W920 processor, a new Wear OS operating system with One UI Watch interface, eSIM support, and a case protected from water and mechanical damage. This series of smart watches is represented by three models Watch4 40mm (Pink Gold, Black, Silver), three Watch4 44mm (Black, Green, Silver), two models Watch4 Classic 46mm (Black, Silver) and two models Watch4 Classic 42mm (Black, Silver). Pre-orders for the watch began immediately after the announcement, in some countries sales have already begun at the end of August.
Sales of Huawei Nova Y60 have already begun in South Africa with a price tag of $207, while the full list of countries to which this model will arrive is not known. Let’s take a look at the key specs of this smartphone.
The Moto G50 5G unveiled today is the 5G version of the Moto G50 smartphone that was announced in March 2021. These models differ only in price and built-in processor (Dimensity 700 is installed in the 5G version instead of Snapdragon 480).
Two months ago, Samsung unveiled the $ 200 Galaxy M32 4G smartphone. The company today announced this model with support for 5G networks. The price of the Galaxy M32 5G in the 6/128 GB modification is $282, and the 8/128 GB version is $310. Sales will begin on September 2 in India.
The promo price tag of $500 will be available shortly after the start of sales on September 2, 2021. Later, the price tag will increase to $700.
Sony unveiled the Xperia 10 III this spring for $450. And today it’s time to announce the Xperia 10 III Lite — a simplified version with a $430 price tag.
This new device received characteristics an order of magnitude worse than other Samsung smartphones in 2021 with the same price tag up to $150. For example, it’s better to buy the Samsung Galaxy F12 instead of the Galaxy A03s. Let’s take a closer look at the stuffing of this smartphone.
The global price will start at $179 for the Redmi 10 4/64 GB version. It is very budgetary for a smartphone with a good set of features and a beautiful body, like the flagship models.
The Motorola Edge 20 Fusion received the same specs as the Motorola Edge 20 Lite in the global market with pricetag of $415. But in India, the Edge 20 Fusion will be on sale starting August 28 for $290 for the 6/128 GB version and $310 for the 8/128 GB version.
The official Pixel 6 announcement is close, and Google has decided to first introduce a simplified version of last year’s flagship Pixel 5. Let’s take a closer look at the specs of the Google Pixel 5a 5G and how it differs from its predecessors.
In March of this year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy A52 smartphone in two versions, 5G and 4G. Today Samsung introduced an updated version with the prefix «S» in the name — Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G, which received a new chipset and a new body color (mint).
Both models from the ROG Phone 5s series are the continuation and technical improvement of the ROG Phone 5 and 5 Pro smartphones, which were announced recently in March 2021.
Honor has announced an excellent 5G tablet with an 11-inch screen (120Hz supported) running Android 11, with stylus support and a detachable keyboard. The body design is made in the style of Honor 50 smartphones with a large area for the main dual camera (13 + 2 MP).
Smartphones from the Magic3 series amaze with their technical characteristics and camera capabilities. Two models Honor Magic 3, Magic 3 Pro received support for IMAX Enhanced technology. The Magic 3 Pro+ model has a ceramic body and an improved main camera module. Prices start at $1,070. The simpler Honor X20 5G has the usual specs: Android 11, triple camera, Dimensity 900 chipset. The price tag starts at $295.
Samsung held a big showcase today and announced two foldable smartphones, the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Z Fold3. In select markets, special versions of these devices, the Thom Browne Edition, will be sold. Prices will be higher than regular models, but the package additionally includes: Galaxy Watch4 with three different straps, Galaxy Buds 2 wireless headphones, S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro stylus (only for Z Fold3 model) and branded stands for wireless charging.
When a model with the «S» prefix is announced, its characteristics should be better than the previous model. These were the expectations from Motorola Moto G60S, but, unfortunately, they did not come true. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between the new Moto G60S at $440 and the Moto G60, which was announced recently in April this year with a price tag of $240.
And the price of this smartphone starts at $1799. For this money, you will receive a modified and improved last year’s Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G smartphone. Let’s see what are the differences and do you need to buy a new device today?
Every August, Samsung holds the Unpacked presentation to showcase its new devices. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphone was announced at the event. This is a modified and improved version of last year’s Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Let’s take a look at the list of improvements.
11-inch tablets with keyboard cover attachment and stylus support will go on sale this month. The Pro version has three configurations (6/128 GB, 6/256 GB, 6/256 GB + 5G) with prices ranging from $385 to $540. The base model received two configurations (both without 4G/5G support): 6/128 GB for $310 and 6/256 GB for $355.
Today Xiaomi announced the new model Xiaomi Mix 4, which received flagship features (the best screen, the best main camera, the most modern processor from Snapdragon) and even the first innovation in this company (the selfie camera that sits under the screen). Sales will begin this month with a price tag of $770 for the junior 8/128 GB configuration. The top-end 12/512 GB package was priced at $970.
In December last year, the Galaxy A12 model entered the market with a price tag of $180, and in August 2021, Samsung decided to upgrade the processor from Helio P35 (12nm) to Exynos 850 (8nm). At the same time, the rest of the characteristics remained unchanged. This is how the new-old smartphone Samsung Galaxy A12 Nacho turned out, which appeared on the Russian website of the company. The device will be sold through partners (Beeline, MTS, and Megafon) in Russia. It is not yet known whether this model will appear on the global market.
These two models received exactly the same specifications as the European smartphones Motorola Edge 20 Pro and Motorola Edge 20, which were announced a couple of weeks earlier. There is a slight difference only in the options available. For example, in China, Motorola Edge Lite will be available in one version (8/256 GB) from $400, and Motorola Edge S Pro will receive four variants (6/128 GB — $370, 8/128 GB — $420, 8/256 GB — $465 , 12/256 GB — $510).
Honor again announces and starts selling new smartphones based on the outdated version of Android 10. Imagine that such smartphones still work without Google services due to the US sanctions against Huawei. So, the announcement of the Honor Play 5T Pro smartphone took place in China for the local market. This model received a 6.6-inch screen, a dual main camera with a 64 megapixel module, and a 16 megapixel selfie camera.
Sales of the Redmi Note 10 JE smartphone will begin in Japan on August 13 at a price of $268. This model will be exclusive to the Japanese market, but its twin brother is already on sale in China under the name Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G (China). There are a few minor differences between these two models, but otherwise they are like two peas in a pod.