Week 25 in review: Poco F4 and X4 GT are official

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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!

Samsung apparently has a huge stockpile of 50 million devices due to low demand

The A Series is mostly to blame.


A hundred limited edition Nothing phone (1) units go up on auction today

All proceeds from the auction will go towards a community managed fund. 


Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT prices and specs leak through Polish retailer

The official reveal of the two phones is scheduled for the 23rd, Thursday.


Xiaomi Smart Band 7 debuts globally

It brings a larger screen, continuous SpO2 readings and AoD functionality.


Poco X4 GT arrives with Dimensity 8100, Poco F4 brings an SD870

The X4 GT is the first Poco with a 144Hz display. The F4 is the first to have optical stabilization on its main camera.


Xiaomi 12S, 12S Pro details leak

These may include some Leica branding too.


Samsung Galaxy F13 is official with a big 6,000 mAh battery

The phone is powered by an Exynos 850 chipset.


Apple re-evaluating BOE OLED displays for iPhone 14 series

BOE may end up supplying OLED panels for the iPhone 14 and 14 Max after all.


ZTE Axon 40 Ultra launches globally

Two weeks after the global announcement, the $800 phone is finally available for purchase.


Nothing phone (1) will initially be sold through an invite system

We’re getting OnePlus One vibes aplenty.


Tecno Spark 9T brings Helio G37 SoC and 5,000 mAh battery

It’s on open sale in Nigeria.


Nothing phone (1) runs Geekbench with Snapdragon 778G+ and 8GB RAM

It managed 797 single-core points and 2,803 points on the multi-core assessment.


Poco F4 in for review

It brings a more capable main camera and faster charging, but is that enough?


Nothing confirms that the phone (1) will not be available in the US

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.


Pixel 7's Tensor 2 chipset might offer only modest performance improvements

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.


Samsung Galaxy S23 could finally bring a higher-res selfie camera

The last time Samsung bumped up the resolution on its Galaxy S smartphone was in 2019.


Apple reportedly will source 80 million OLED panels from Samsung Display for iPhone 14

Mass production of iPhone 14 displays is expected to begin in Q3.


Google uses Drake's new Texts Go Green song to pressure Apple into adopting RCS

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.


The Xiaomi Book S 12.4

This Windows tablet has an optional keyboard cover to turn it into an ultra-portable tablet. Additionally, there is an optional stylus.


MediaTek announces Dimensity 9000+ with performance boost and improved ISP

The new chipset will arrive to smartphones in Q3 of this year.


Samsung releases “Stranger Nights” promo touting Galaxy S22 Ultra’s Nightography camera

Samsung has previously promoted its Samsung flagship with Bridgerton, another Netflix show.


Oppo Reno8 Pro+ is likely to launch internationally rebranded as Reno8 Pro

It wouldn’t be the first time something like this happens.


Entry-level Realme C30 is official with a big 5,000 mAh battery

The phone costs INR7,499 (about $100/€90).


Photo confirms the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 will have a smaller crease than the Z Fold3

That was one of the rumored improvements for the upcoming foldable flagship, but now there is photographic evidence.




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