Week 36 in review: iPhone 14 series, new Apple Watch models, Huawei Mate 50 series

A big week of announcements has just come to an end and here’s your summary. Huawei kicked off on Tuesday and unveiled its Mate 50 series with the Mate 50, Mate 50 Pro, Mate 50 RS Porsche Design and Mate 50E.

The Mate 50, 50 Pro and 50 RS are all equipped with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset without 5G connectivity and support for BeiDou Satellite Messaging for those times when you don’t have network coverage. All three share the new 50MP main camera with a variable aperture that ranges from f/1.4 to f/4.0. The ultra-wide module is of the RYYB variant and has an f/2.2 lens, while the Pro and RS models also get a 3.5x telephoto camera.

The Mate 50 Pro and 50 RS have 6.74-inch OLED displays with 120 Hz refresh rates, while the vanilla Mate 50 gets a 6.7-inch 90 Hz OLED. The Mate 50Pro and 50 RS get 4,700 mAh batteries with 66 W wired charging, while the regular Mate 50 has a 4,460 mAh cell.

The Mate 50 Pro starts at CNY6,799 ($980) for the 256GB option, the non-Pro charges CNY4,999 ($720) for the base 128GB flavor. The design of the Mate RS Porsche is asking for CNY12,999 ($1,870). There’s no word on international availability for now.

The biggest event of the week was for Apple. After months of rumors and leaks, we finally have the highly anticipated iPhone 14 series. There’s the regular iPhone 14 and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus, which look just like last year’s iPhone 13, but now have a larger 12 MP camera sensor that captures 1.9 µm pixels, as well as batteries that longer lasting and Emergency SOS via satellite which is the big new feature that is also present on the Pro models.

The 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max remove the notch that’s been there since the iPhone X days and replace it with the pill-shaped hole that Apple calls the Dynamic Island. It serves a dual purpose by housing the selfie camera and Face ID sensor, as well as acting as a multitasking bar and widget shelf.

Elsewhere, the new Pro iPhones get brighter displays with peak brightness of up to 2000 nits in the same 6.1 and 6.7-inch sizes, as well as an all-new 48MP main camera sensor with an aperture of f/1.78 and a pixel size of 1. 22 μm before binning – 2.44 I am with binning. Apple has also made the A16 Bionic chipset exclusive to the new Pro models.

Apple’s iPhone 14 starts at $799, while the 14 Plus costs $899. The 14 Pro starts from $999 while the 14 Pro Max is $1,099. Unfortunately, international buyers are seeing a significant price increase, with the iPhone 14 being anywhere from 4% more expensive in Australia to 24% more expensive in Poland compared to the iPhone 13’s launch prices.

Apple has also announced a slew of new smartwatches with the Watch Series 8, new Watch SE and Watch Ultra. The Ultra is the rugged Apple Watch we’ve been hearing about for so long, offering dual-band GPS connectivity, cellular connectivity and 36 hours of battery life as standard. The display can reach a peak brightness of 2000 nits and the watch is also WR100 and EN 13319 certified as a recognized diving accessory. Watch Ultra starts at $799, Watch Series 8 is available for just $399, while the SE model is $249.

The new Apple AirPods Pro 2 cover a wider range of sound frequencies, provide personalized spatial audio, and get 2x better noise cancellation, all while providing 6 hours of listening time. They start at $249.

Moving on, Xiaomi announced its Redmi 11 Prime 5G, Redmi 11 Prime and Redmi A1 phones. The Prime 5G gets a 6.58-inch IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate alongside the Mediatek Dimensity 700 chipset and a 50MP main camera. Redmi 11 Prime has the same screen and the same main camera, but it is equipped with the Helio G99 SoC. Redmi A1 is a 6.52-inch entry-level model with a Helio A22 chip, 8MP single rear camera and a 5,000 mAh battery.

Redmi 11 Prime 5G starts at INR 12,999 ($160), Redmi 11 Prime goes for INR 12,999, while the A1 is INR 6,499.

Qualcomm debuted two new chipsets – the mid-range Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and the entry-level Snapdragon 4 Gen 1. The 6 Gen 1 is built on a 4nm manufacturing process, while the more affordable SD 4 Gen 1 remains on the 6nm node. The first SD 6 Gen 1 powered devices are expected to arrive in Q1 2023, while the SD 4 Gen 1 will debut this quarter on iQOO’s upcoming Z6 Lite.

Motorola has unveiled three new smartphones from the Edge series. The Edge 30 Ultra is a flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 with a 200MP main camera that uses Samsung’s ISOCELL HP1 – a 1/1.22-inch sensor that performs 16-in-1 pixel binning and 12.5MP recording with a combined pixel pitch of 2.56 µm . The sensor can also output 50 MP photos with individual pixels of 1.28 m and even the full resolution of 200 MP with pixels of 0.64 m. Edge 30 Ultra also has a 6.67-inch pOLED display with a refresh rate from 144 Hz, a battery from 4,610 mAh and wired charging from 125 W. The price starts at € 900.

Edge 30 Fusions softens the specs a bit and is equipped with the Snapdragon 888+ 5G chipset and a 50MP 1/1.55″ main camera sensor. It still has a 6.67-inch pOLED with a 144Hz refresh rate, while the 4,400 mAh battery supports 68 W fast charging. Prices start from € 600.

Edge 30 Neo is the more affordable entry-level – it gets a 6.28-inch 120Hz pOLED display, Snapdragon 695 5G chipset, and a 4020mAh battery with 68W charging. It will sell for €370 once it goes on sale.

We saw a couple of new Poco phones – the M5 and M5s.

These were the biggest headlines of the week, see you in seven days.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max come with pin notch, Always-On Display and new cameras

There is also a new chipset, unlike the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.


Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Plus unveiled: Satellite Messaging, US only eSIM, old A15 chipset

That’s right, the new 6.7″ non-Pro model is called “Plus”. It and the 6.1″ model use last year’s A15 chip and have upgraded front and rear cameras.


Huawei Mate 50 Series Debuts SD 8+ Gen 1, Variable Aperture Camera

And a notched screen with advanced face unlock.


Closing Apple iPhone 14 event

As always, there were more than just iPhones at Apple’s annual event.


iPhone 14 and 14 Pro get price hikes outside the US, even iPhone SE (2022) is more expensive

Prices in the US, Canada and China are the same as last year’s models, but not for most of the rest of the world.


Apple gives a discount on iPhone 13 and 13 mini, iPhone 12 too (but 12 mini is discontinued)

Just like the iPhone 13 Pro duo, of course. No more iPhone 11 models either, at least not from Apple.com.


Redmi 11 Prime 5G, Redmi 11 Prime, Redmi A1 go official

The sale starts on September 9.


Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1

The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 offers a quantum leap in performance, photo and video capture, and connectivity.


Samsung reminds iPhone users that it has foldable phones in its latest video

The new ad came out right after the Apple keynote ended.


This is how much the iPhone 14 series and the new Apple Watches cost worldwide

Higher prices for the new iPhones outside the US.


iPhone 14 Pro Max with A16 chipset appears on Geekbench with minimal performance boost

It seems that the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are not missing much.


Tim Cook would rather convert Android users to iPhones than adopt RCS

“Buy your mother an iPhone,” he said when asked by a journalist.


Apple Watch Ultra debuts with 49mm case and bigger battery, Watch Series 8 and new SE also official

The new watches have a temperature sensor, crash detection and an energy-saving mode.


Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is here: 200MP camera, SD 8+ Gen 1 chipset, 125W charging

The headline-grabbing 200MP sensor is optically stabilized and can perform 16-in-1 binning.


Google will unveil the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch on October 6


Poco M5 arrives with Helio G99, M5s tags along

Both midrangers have a battery of 5,000 mAh, competitive prices.


New Sony Xperia Pro arrives with improved camera sensors, variable aperture

Rumors point to a launch in November.


Poco M5 in for review

The Poco M5 has the new 6nm Helio G99 chipset and a 5,000 mAh battery.


Here are all the US carrier promotions for the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro

Apple’s latest product line is out and all the major US carriers have posted their offers and deals.


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