Welcome to the end of week number 25. Let’s take a look back.
Samsung has apparently accumulated some 50 million unsold smartphones. The A-series is reportedly mostly to blame, failing to meet its sales targets for one reason or another. 50 million is around 18% of Samsung’s planned shipment target this year, which isn’t good at all. Samsung made around 20 million units per month early this year, but that dropped to around 10 million in May. This could be a reaction to having too many units stuck in inventory and seeing low demand. The lower demand has also made Samsung cut its component orders from suppliers by 30% to 70% from April to May.
The Poco F4 and X4 GT arrived with a Snapdragon 870 and a Dimensity 8100, respectively. Here’s a resume for the X4 GT – it has a 6.6-inch IPS LCD of 144Hz refresh rate, 8GB of RAM, a 5,080mAh battery with 67W charging, and a triple camera – 64MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro.
The Poco F4 has a 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, a 4,500mAh battery with 67W charging, and the same triple camera setup.
The Poco X4 GT will become available on June 27 (Monday) through select retailers and the official Poco online store. Between June 27 and July 7 there will be an early bird discount of €80 on the regular prices of €380 for an 8/128GB unit and €430 for an 8/256GB phone. More retailers will offer the X4 GT soon.
The Poco F4 will be available soon in two configurations. The 6/128GB option will cost €400, while the 8/256GB one will be €450. In India the Poco F4 will be available through Flipkart (first sale on June 27) in three memory configurations: 6/128GB for ₹28,000, 8/128GB for ₹30,000 and 12/256GB for ₹34,000.
The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 made it out of China. Its price is €59.99 though a special early bird offer gets the price down to €49.99. Xiaomi Band 7 comes in a variety of color options with black, blue, ivory, orange, olive and pink solid colored silicone straps as well as several camouflage and neon options. The NFC version of the Smart Band 7 will remain exclusive to China for now though rumors suggest it will eventually make its way to global markets later in collaboration with Mastercard.
Those were the key stories of the week but you can find the full list of hot topics below. See you next week!
The X4 GT is the first Poco with a 144Hz display. The F4 is the first to have optical stabilization on its main camera.
The company wants to launch a smartphone in the US in the future, but it will need to secure a partnership with a major carrier first.
A bricked Pixel 7 Pro prototype was examined, which revealed the presence of a Cortex-A55 cores. This means no ARMv9 designs for the next Google chipset.
Google has been on a campaign to get Apple to support the new more advanced messaging standard and to put an end to the green bubble bullying.
This Windows tablet has an optional keyboard cover to turn it into an ultra-portable tablet. Additionally, there is an optional stylus.