Judie recently reviewed the new flagship from OnePlus, the OnePlus 12. It is a superb phone that is markedly less expensive than competing flagship devices. Still, at a starting price of $800, it’s still a bit pricey. Thankfully, the company’s roots shine through with the OnePlus 12R. It’s a great device at a shockingly affordable price.
There’s a certain allure to having a different smartphone than anyone else, and there are so many interesting phones with amazing hardware that are only meant for the Chinese or other global markets that far too often do not include the United States. The China-exclusive OPPO Find X7 Ultra is just such a device, but there is still much to admire, even if it isn’t specifically meant for the U.S. market.
OnePlus blasted onto the scene in 2014 with the tagline “Never Settle” and an invitation-only limited-release of the One, cheekily billed as a “flagship killer.” The One challenged the status quo by delivering quality and performance at a shockingly affordable price that, for all it offered, some considered “ridiculously cheap.” Ten years later, the OnePlus 12 is the brand’s latest flagship, offering excellent battery life, camera performance, speeds, and charging capabilities. If you’re weighing the pros and cons before purchasing a new flagship from Samsung and Google, you should also consider the OnePlus 12.
IQOO stands for “I Quest On and On.” Though this emerging Vivo smartphone sub-brand may be unfamiliar to those in the U.S., it’s earning a reputation for combining flagship chipsets with smartphones that emphasize mobile gaming. The iQOO 12 Legend Edition adds a sporty twist to premium styling that will appeal to minimalist design fans as it’s a powerful daily driver with few compromises. Although the iQOO brand is aimed at users in Asia, Europe, and Australia, by the end of this review, I think you’ll agree that it’s too bad iQOO hasn’t yet set its sights on the States.
Qualcomm knows not everyone is going to run out and pick up the latest flagship devices. Maybe you’re more budget-aware, or you just don’t need the absolute latest and greatest. You still deserve a phenomenal phone experience, and Qualcomm has you covered with the new Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 Mobile Platform.
Qualcomm has announced some pretty exciting stuff this week, and OPPO has wasted no time letting us know their plans to utilize the new smartphones, watches, and augmented reality platforms!
It’s been a slow process, but the Internet of Things is finally paying off, and suddenly, it feels like everything has an internet connection and a smart assistant. Everyone loves it when their cutting board has an app to critique their knife skills, but it does mean your phone has to do a lot more heavy lifting, and the brains and brawn behind that come from Qualcomm!
It’s only been a few weeks since my review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5, which included a comparison of the Z Fold5 to the Google Pixel Fold. With the launch of the OnePlus Open, we now have a third 2023 full-size foldable to explore. Finally, we are getting real U.S. market competition in this exciting smartphone-to-tablet category! Offering impressive specs that include highly capable cameras, the largest foldable inner and main displays in their class, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, and the current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform, the Open offers more for less with little compromise.
This year marks a significant shift for Samsung, a company with five generations of the Z Fold series under its belt. What sets this year apart is the emergence of new competitors in the US market, with the Google Pixel Fold already making its presence felt and an upcoming OnePlus foldable on the horizon. With these fresh contenders in the arena, the question naturally arises: Now that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 isn’t necessarily the only choice, is it still the best choice for someone who wants a phone that can unfold into a tablet?
In a world where connectivity is the lifeblood of our digital existence, Wi-Fi technology continues to evolve at an astonishing pace. While Wi-Fi 6 has only recently made its debut, the relentless demand for faster, more reliable internet connectivity is propelling us into the era of Wi-Fi 7. This next-generation wireless standard is poised to play an even more integral role in our home networks, promising to meet the ever-increasing demands of our modern online lives. So, why is Wi-Fi 7 stepping into the spotlight so soon after Wi-Fi 6? Let’s explore the reasons.
During their keynote titled “Unfold Tomorrow,” CEO George Zhao introduced the Honor Magic V2 as the brand’s slimmest and lightest inward-foldable smartphone. Not content to announce only one impressive new foldable at IFA, Zhao then segued to the Honor V Purse. This outward-foldable smartphone concept was described as blurring the lines between technology and fashion. While the Magic V2 seems like the natural progression for Honor’s foldable line, the V Purse concept (if ever made) will be a tougher sell that begs answers to many immediate questions.
At this morning’s Samsung Unpacked event in Seoul, details were revealed regarding the brand’s latest foldables, the Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5. But unlike previous years, Samsung’s no longer one of the (very) few foldable readily available with US carrier financing. Now, we can choose from the Google Pixel Fold, the updated Motorola Razr, and, if the rumors hold true, an upcoming OnePlus device. With more Android foldable choices available, we’ll soon know if the latest Samsung Galaxy offerings will be enough to keep its future-forward users loyal; in the meantime, let’s discuss Samsung’s latest flagship releases.
We depend on our phones for so much, and the baseline expectation of what you expect just keeps getting higher. Luckily, Qualcomm is ready to keep up with the demand, and they’re consistently refining their Snapdragon platform, from the highest flagships to everyday devices. Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 is coming to bring the power to more budget-friendly devices worldwide!
The OnePlus Nord series is known for mid-range smartphones that deliver better-than-expected cameras, impressive performance for their class, vibrant displays with fast refresh rates, ample RAM, and features that are generally found on more expensive models; the new OnePlus Nord N30 5G is no exception. The unlocked N30 features a refined slab style, a 108-megapixel main camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G processor, 8GB RAM (adjustable to 16GB), 128GB user memory, a 5,000mAh battery, and more for just $299.99. Read on to see if this might be a good choice for you.
It seems like what we want and expect from our phones just keeps increasing. What started as just making phone calls on the go has rapidly evolved into a video game console, high-end camera, and even artificially intelligent digital assistants. Our phones need to work even harder to keep up with us, and Qualcomm‘s new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 processor is aiming to outrun the competition!
Qualcomm quietly powers so much of our lives, from the processors in your phone to the connectivity in your house. They never stop innovating, though, and they came prepared to show off at MWC! We’ve gone from SIM cards down to eSIM, but Qualcomm looked at that and thought, “needs to be smaller.” Enter the iSIM, which takes the eSIM to the next step by integrating the SIM directly into the processor. This may not sound like a big deal to the end user, but it will save significant space under the hood. That means more room for your phone…
MWC is bringing an onslaught of new and exciting phones, and Honor is aiming for everyone’s attention with their slate this year. They’ve got the Honor Magic5 Series which includes the Magic5 and Magic5 Pro, plus the new Honor Magic Vs, their first global foldable phone!
If you aren’t going to be at Mobile World Congress 2023, the next best thing is live-streaming all of the new smartphone launch events! Honor will be launching its latest foldable phone, the Honor Magic Vs, and the brand-new flagship Honor Magic5 series at MWC on February 27th at 1:30 pm CET from Barcelona (or 7:30 am ET); here’s how you can watch it all!
A lot has changed at OnePlus over the past couple of years. The company has merged with OPPO, and OnePlus’ OxygenOS now shares a common codebase with OPPO’s ColorOS. Warp Charge is now called SuperVOOC, which is OPPO’s fast charging brand. And while OnePlus’ affordable Nord N series has been doing well here in the US, the company’s flagships appear to have lost their mojo.
Returning to its roots, OnePlus has taken a bold step with its latest smartphone release; rather than being one of several flagship models offered, the OnePlus 11 5G stands alone. Maybe you won’t feel like you’re settling without a Pro model, though, because the 11 5G comes loaded with many top-of-the-line features, including the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform, a 5,000mAh battery, and 80W SUPERVOOC fast charging in the US. However, there is one feature you won’t find on this new device; will its omission be a deal breaker for you?
If you’ve been considering replacing your aging smartphone with a new Samsung Galaxy Device, now is the time! During today’s Unpacked event, the Samsung Galaxy S23 series was introduced. This latest generation of flagships, which includes the S23, S23+, and the S23 Ultra, builds upon the brand’s past successes with bigger batteries in the Galaxy S23 and S23+ models, even better AI cameras across the board, and of course, all three boast the latest flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy.