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We didn’t get a lot of high profile announcements this week, but we saw HTC unveil a pair of phones, which is a rather rare event. Doogee S88 Pro and Tecno Spark Power 2 also arrived with big batteries and aggressive pricing.

While no actual releases took place there’s a lot currently going on in camp Samsung. If rumors are to be believed, August 5 is a date to mark on your calendars. That’s when the Korean giant is expected to show us the Galaxy Note20 line, the Fold 2, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G and hopefully a pair of Tab S7 tablets. Quite the lineup.

Also on everybody’s radar – the ROG Phone III is expected to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and dominate the high echelons on mobile gaming with class leading cooling and versatile accessories ecosystem. The mid-range OnePlus Nord seems to be inching closer to release and the Redmi K40 is already on the horizon. Unfortunately, the way-overdue Google Pixel 4a might have been pushed-back yet again. Bummer.

In other news, Huawei managed to overtake Samsung and top global smartphone market in April. And in another positive development, the Chinese giant has received some US lenience and is allowed to participate in 5G future standard cooperation.

Here is the list of our most read stories of the week to make sure you haven’t missed anything important.

It’s likely not going to last long, but it’s still a remarkable achievement.


Apple's iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will have 120Hz displays, thinner bodies

The Huawei Mate 40 will also adopt a 120Hz display refresh rate.


Doogee S88 Pro has a 10,000mAh battery, Iron Man design cues and a rugged chassis

The “Iron Man eyes” on the back are a pair of RGB LEDs that serve as a notification light. The phone underwent extensive MIL-STD tests.


Tecno Spark Power 2 arrives with  7

It’s powered by the Helio P22 SoC and comes with dual speakers for stereo sound.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ breaks cover with dual rear cameras

The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ will be both powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC and sports 120Hz displays.


Samsung Galaxy Note20 to have flat, 60Hz, FHD+ screen

According to the leakster, the standard Note20 model will be more like a Note20 “lite”.


Oppo Find X2 Series comes to India

Pricing and availability for the X2 Pro were not revealed.


Samsung Galaxy A71 5G arrives in the US with Snapdragon 765G for $599

We’re finally seeing 5G smartphones getting cheaper in the US.


Asus ROG 3 specs and photos appear in TENAA, AnTuTu run reveals overclocked Snapdragon 865

The new phone is going to be powered by an overclocked Snadpragon 865.


Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 S-Pen stylus gets FCC certified

The Galaxy Tab S7 is expected to go official in July or August alongside the Galaxy Tab S7+.


Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra to have Snapdragon 865+, slimmer bezels than Note10+

Korean sources claim the phone will arrive on August 28, Galaxy Fold2 to appear in September.


Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 690 chipset with sub-6GHz 5G, Wi-Fi 6

The Snapdragon 690 is the successor the Snapdragon 675.


Huawei details EMUI 10.1 update schedule for global users

The big update is coming later this month.


OnePlus Nord 5G (aka OnePlus Z) may have four cameras on its back

Initial renders put the camera count at two, then rumors pushed that up to three.


HTC U20 5G  and Desire 20 Pro also announced

HTC did not reveal pricing nor availability for either of its new phones.


Asus ROG Phone III key specs and images surface

Familiar design, beastly specs.


Google Pixel 4a reportedly delayed until October, Barely Blue to be scrapped

Google is not yet ready to launch its next midrange Pixel phone, but why?


Asus ROG Phone 3 appears in short video, Zenfone 7 may have passed through Geekbench

The ROG Phone 3 in the video bears the Tencent Games logo, suggesting a new sponsored model like we had last year with the second-gen phone.


AMD releases Ryzen 3000XT series of desktop processors

Features three new models with modest clock speed bump.


Redmi K40 (or Mi CC10) spotted at the 3C with 33 W fast charger

It’s the exact same charger the Redmi K30 Pro was bundled with – along with several other phones from Xiaomi.


US softens its stance on Huawei, allows cooperation on 5G standards

The US Commerce Department is allowing American companies to disclose technologies for the purpose of 5G development.


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