Week 47 In Review: A Pepsi Phone, Another HTC One And A $10 Droid

By 05:41 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 Comments

Our weekly news recap is due, with a roundup of the most fascinating stories from the past few days.

The Pepsi Phone P1 was by far the most intriguing read of the week - it's got to be the first time we've seen a beverage company slap its brand on a smartphone, and it is a pretty well-specced one, at a bargain price, too. And "bargain price" is all that can be assumed of the LG Lucky LG16 smartphone, listed on Walmart for less than ten bucks, though unavailable at the moment.

Another top tale was the launch of the Lenovo Vibe X3. A total of three versions, one of them practically a different phone, were unveiled in China and we're waiting for the global variants. And as if there weren't enough One-branded devices already, HTC pulled the wraps off the One M9s this week - with the body of an M9 and downgraded hardware.

There was about the usual amount of iPhone rumors too. The potential 4-inch iPhone keeps entertaining tech minds, and this latest bit claims it will be based on the 5s. And then the proper iPhone 7 could be waterproof, why not?

Samsung on the other hand went bonkers and launched a flip phone with dual 3.9-inch AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays, Exynos 7420, and a price tag upwards of $1500. Don't go rushing to the store as it's only available in China. Samsung's sane release of the week was the Galaxy J3 - an affordable 5-incher. Benchimprint results of the Exynos 8890 also caught your attention.

Microsoft-related news also gathered a lot of interest. The mystical Surface Phone allegedly showed up on a browser benchmark, fueling rumors that Microsoft might indeed be working on 100% home-grown smartphone breaking all ties with the Nokia heritage.

Feel free to hit up the following links for more details on all of the above topics.

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