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Week 50 in review: iPhone 16 prototypes leak, Galaxy A15, A25 official


We’re at the end of week 50 of the year – just two more to go! Samsung decided not to wait until 2024 to announce its latest crop of Galaxy A-devices with the new Galaxy A15 duo and Galaxy A25 5G. Galaxy A15 is available in 4G and 5G trims with both phones sharing the same core specs apart from the chipsets. Galaxy A25 features more capable cameras and Samsung’s in-house Exynos 1280 SoC. All three new phones share 6.5-inch Super AMOLED displays with FHD+ resolution and Infinity-U notch cutouts. The A15 models get a 90Hz refresh rate while the A25 features a 120Hz panel which also peaks at 1,000 nits of brightness compared to 800 nits on the A15s. Open sales in Vietnam start on December 16 and we can expect Samsung to launch all three devices in more markets in the coming weeks.

MacRumors released preliminary renders of the vanilla iPhone 16 series that show the two camera lenses as one, similar to the iPhone X. One prototype features a unified volume rocker button instead of the separate volume up and down buttons seen on every iPhone since 2010. All three devices feature capacitive Action Buttons above the volume controls with the black model housing a visually larger button. The black model also features a capacitive Capture Button located below the power button. Apple is likely playing with different ideas to see which one it likes best.

A massive One UI 6.1 leak came out, revealing some AI-powered features coming to Samsung phones next year. The One UI version 6.1 will likely arrive alongside the Galaxy S24 lineup coming early next year. One UI 6.1 will allow you to generate custom wallpapers and apply weather and portrait effects to the lock screen. The image editor will become more powerful as well. You will be able to even expand images beyond their original borders and move objects from one image to another. Samsung Notes will also be able to summarize big blocks of text with bullet points. Additionally, the AI is planned to help you out with calls, just like the Pixels. Real-time translator, ambient noise suppression and transcription are all call-related features coming to One UI 6.1.

Speaking of the Galaxy S24 series. Emergency texts via satellite are seemingly confirmed, and the prices will remain the same as on the Galaxy S23 series – yay! A report from Korea said that the Galaxy S24 Ultra will keep the 10x zoom camera but add a 5x in the place of the 3x unit. The main camera will remain the 200MP unit.

A final note on Samsung, a highly debatable rumor surfaced that Samsung will change the design of its phones in 2026 – meaning the Galaxy S25 series will be the last with the current minimalist design.

You can find the rest of the top stories of the week below!

Samsung Galaxy A15, A15 5G and Galaxy A25 5G announced

All three will be available in Vietnam from December 16.


Apple iPhone 16 prototype renders leak

Apple is experimenting with the camera design and button placement on its upcoming baseline iPhone


Leak reveals AI-powered One UI 6.1 features

Samsung seems to be closing in on Google when it comes to AI features.


Galaxy S24 lineup prices remain unchanged, satellite feature confirmed

The in-house Exynos 2400 chip helps with the cost.


Report: the Galaxy S24 Ultra to keep 10x zoom, add a 5x as well

Presumably relying on the 200MP sensor to provide 3x.


Asus ROG Phone 8 launch date confirmed, new renders leak

Asus is going with a punch-hole cutout display for its upcoming gaming phone.


vivo X100 Pro unboxing and first look

vivo’s super flagship of 2023 is here!


Official: Redmi Note 13 series going global on January 4


Rumor: Samsung to adopt new design in 2026, a smaller Galaxy S Ultra in the works

As well as a Galaxy Fold Lite model with a smaller (or no) cover screen.


nubia Z60 Ultra design officially revealed in full, 80W charging confirmed

The phone will have three cameras, including a periscope zoom lens.


Black Shark S1 Pro smartwatch makes global debut

S1 Pro features a ruggedized IP68 casing and a voice assistant with ChatGPT support.


Here's a video comparing the upcoming nubia Z60 Ultra with the iPhone 15 Pro

The Z60 Ultra is coming on December 19.


Xiaomi 14 Pro may not ever officially launch outside of China

The Xiaomi 14 will go global, on the other hand.


Honor Magic6 camera detailed, to have variable aperture lens and 160 MP periscope camera

The OV50H, OV50K, and a 160MP periscope sensor, 3D tOf on the front.


Samsung US drops the Galaxy Z Flip5 price by up to 60% today

Additionally, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro and the Watch6 pair are discounted, as are the Galaxy Tab S9 flagship trio of tablets.


Huawei announces FreeClip open-ear buds,  MatePad Pro 13.2 goes global

Huawei’s flagship earbuds bring a clip-on design without in-ear pain.


Oppo Find X7 Pro’s camera sensor teaser suggests imminent arrival

The Find X7 series is expected to launch imminently.


iOS 17.2 rolling out with Journal app, Qi2 charger support and Spatial recording

Available for iPhone Xs and up.


Honor 90 GT design and key specs leak

It features a flat frame design with dual rear cameras and a punch-hole display.


OnePlus Open video teardown reveals titanium screws, some carbon fiber bits

The phone previously survived being bent the wrong way.


Samsung unveils Galaxy Book4 trio with AI smarts, Intel Core Ultra processors

All three models – Book4 Ultra, Book4 Pro and Book4 Pro 360 – have touchscreens, HDMI 2.1 ports and a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports.


Oppo Find X7 Pro schematic shows a dual periscope telephoto camera system

It’s going to be the first-of-its-kind setup.


Gurman: Apple to refresh its iPad lineup with new Air and Pro models in 2024

The upcoming 2024 iPad Pro models are expected to feature OLED displays, new designs and Apple’s M3 chipset.


iQOO 12 launched in India, starting at INR 52,999

Open sales in tip-off on December 14.


Huawei MatePad Air PaperMatte Edition announced, MateBook D 16  2024 comes to Europe

MatePad Air PaperMatte is a revised version of the MatePad Air with a matte anti-glare screen and improved M-Pencil 2 support.




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