Week 38 in review: Asus ROG Phone 6D announced, Pixel 7 series pre-order date confirmed


Welcome to our roundup of the biggest headlines from Week 38.

The Apple iPhone 14 fever is still here – we’ve seen the regular iPhone 14 pass the durability test as it performed well. Camera shaky issue on 14 Pro models has been resolved with the latest iOS 16.0.2 update.

In semi-related news, Android makers like Xiaomi and Realme are preparing to implement Dynamic Island notification systems on their upcoming devices – we can’t say we didn’t expect it. Xiaomi is set to launch its Civi 2 smartphone on Tuesday, September 27 with a central pill-shaped slot on its display.

Google’s Pixel 7 series marketing campaign is kicking off in full force as we get a new teaser for phones and Pixel Watch ahead of the October 6 launch event. Pre-orders for the Pixel 7 series begin on the same date as the announcement.

Asus first launched the ROG Phone 6D duo that consists of the ROG Phone 6D and ROG Phone 6D Ultimate. Both phones share nearly identical specs to the ROG Phone 6 range with the big change represented by the Dimensity 9000+ chipset replacing the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The vanilla 6D starts at £799 in the UK while the final modification is asking for at least £1,199. Asus has also launched the Batman ROG Phone 6 version which costs 1199 euros.

Nvidia has announced its RTX 40 graphics cards with a claimed 2-4x performance boost and DLSS 3. The baseline 12GB RTX 4080 starts at $899 while the top-of-the-line RTX 4090 will go for $1,599. Official sales of the RTX 4090 start on October 12th while the RTX 4080 will be available from November.

This week’s big rumors include Samsung continuing to use Exynos chips for the Galaxy S23 series and finally Apple bringing 8K video to next year’s iPhone 15 Ultra. We’ve also got some details about the upcoming OnePlus 11 Pro which should bring a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip along with 100W charging.

These were the biggest headlines of the week. See you next time.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max for review


Google Films People Interacting With Pixel 7 Pro, Pre-order Start Date Confirms


Redmi K60 to get Dynamic Island notification system

Xiaomi President Lu Weibing asked Weibo users if they would like to see the Dynamic Island app.


Asus ROG Phone 6D debuts with Dimensity 9000+, 6D Ultimate adds unique AeroActive portal

ROG Phone 6D Ultimate comes bundled with the AeroActive accessory.


Apple says a fix for iPhone 14 Pro (Max) camera shake is coming next week

This affects the Pro models when users open third-party apps that use the camera. Apple’s camera app is not affected.


Samsung could bring Galaxy S23 phones running Exynos after all

Reports indicate that there are internal conflicts over the use of internal chips.


Color versions of Google Pixel Watch leaked, along with the price range of the base model

There are no big surprises here, it is in line with other smartwatches.


Rumor: iPhone 15 Ultra will arrive with 8K video, better battery life

8K video may be Ultra exclusive. However, all four models are expected to have USB-C and Dynamic Islands ports.


Xiaomi Civi 2 will have dual front cameras, and a central pill-shaped cutout

It’s coming on September 27th.


Nvidia announces RTX 40-series graphics cards with improved DLSS 3 and 2-4x performance


Redmi Note 11 Pro (2023) with Snapdragon 712 spotted in Google Play Console

It looks just like the Redmi Note 10 Pro, except that it has the more powerful Snapdragon 732G chipset.


Announcing the Asus ROG Phone 6 Batman Edition

The US/Canada models will get the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset while other regions will boast the Dimensity 9000+ SoC.


Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will cost the same as their predecessors

That will at least be the case in the US, according to a new leak.


Samsung releases small update for Galaxy S6, S6 edge and S6 edge +

This trio was launched in the distant 2015 year, more than 7 years ago. In related news, the latest Galaxy A40 is getting a security patch.


DxOMark CEO says brands won't send in a device if it's not likely to rank first

As the smartphone camera scores plateau with DxOMark, brands seem to give scores less importance to marketing.


Apple iPhone 14 passes the durability test with the highest marks

It’s basically an iPhone 13 that has some improved internals and a back panel that’s easier to fix.


Pixel 7 series to be launched in India, Flipkart confirms

It will be the first flagship Pixel phone to be launched in India since the Pixel 3.


Xiaomi Civi 2 will be launched on September 27

The camera island design is strongly similar to the Series 12.


The video shows the cool features of the LG Rollable and how its screen wraps around the back

The front screen can extend horizontally on demand, but when closed the additional portion is a secondary rear screen.


OEMs may be required to approve

We’re looking at you, Samsung.


Google showcases the unique Pixel Watch design in its latest teaser video

You can look at it from almost all angles with this new hype building effort from the company.


The new Realme GT Neo comes with the first generation Snapdragon 8+ processor

It will give up the previously expected dimension 8200.


OnePlus 11 Pro specifications leak: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 100W charging

It will come with a RAM of up to 16 GB.


vivo X90 Pro+ coming in December with 1

And we still haven’t seen the X80 Pro+.



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