As the new 2023 began let’s recap its first week. CES 2023 took place in Las Vegas unfold, which is traditionally the stage for Intel and AMD to make big announcement. AMD detailed its Ryzen 7000 desktop and mobile CPUs, as well as four new Radeon 7000 series GPUs. Intel unveiled its 13th gen laptop CPUs, building on the innovative and popular 12th gen.
On the other side of the global OnePlus announced its new flagship – the OnePlus 11 – in China. It comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, up to 16GB of RAM, Hasselblad-tuned cameras, a 6.7-inch LTPO 3.0 AMOLED display, and a 5,000mAh battery. The OnePlus 11 already avilable for orders in China with global availability to follow in February. Also in a change of naming strategy there won’t be a OnePlus 11 Pro this year, so this is the first half flagship.
There hasn’t been a week without at least one popular Galaxy S23 story for a while now and week 1 of 2023 was no exception. First, we got word that Samsung will drop the 128GB models and kick off the range at 256GB, whcih sadly was later proven incorrect. Second, we got official-looking high-quality renders of all three models. We’re tired of rehashing the specs at this point but it’s nice to have a good idea of the colors – Beige, Pink, Sage (green), and Black.
The Redmi Note 12 series made its global debut, starting with India. In typical Redmi fashion, the Redmi Note 12 that will be sold in India differs slightly from its namesake available in China. The Redmi Note 12 Pro and Redmi Note 12 Pro+ are identical.
Lenovo announced the ThinkPhone by Motorola (yes, that’s the official name). Like a ThinkPad laptop, the ThinkPhone is made of high-quality materials, has a red accented feature – a button, instead of a joystick, and is tightly integrated with Lenovo’s ThinkPad devices. The ThinkPhone has a 6.6-inch 1080p OLED with 144Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, 50MP main camera, and a 5,000mAh battery. Additional niceties include wireless charging, IP68 and enhanced MIL-STD 810H drop resistance. Lenovo hasn’t shared the price of the ThinkPhone just yet.
The Redmi K series makes a comeback to India after a hiatus of three years with the Redmi K50i, so let’s see what it has to offer.