Week 20 in review: Infinix Note 12 VIP official, X80 Pro, Mate Xs 2 go global

Another week down, let’s recap. Infinix unveiled the Note 12 VIP and it can do 120W Hyper Charge. Infinix claims the 4,500mAh battery has a 0-100% time of just 17 minutes. Otherwise, the Note 12 VIP has a 108MP camera, and a 6.7-inch 120Hz display. The Infinix Note 12 VIP will be available soon in select regions at $300.

The vivo X80 and X80 Pro began their global rollout in India. Both handsets offer 6.78-inch AMOLEDs, 50MP main cams, and 80W charging. The X80 Pro gets Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset as well as a more advanced 120Hz LTPO2 AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution. vivo X80 gets MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 chipset and an FHD+ Samsung E5 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

vivo X80 Pro comes in a single Cosmic Black color and a 12/256GB trim starting at INR 79,999. Reservations tip-off today while open sales begin on May 25. Buyers in Malaysia can also pre-order the X80 Pro for MYR 4,999. vivo X80 comes in Cosmic Black and Urban Blue colors. The 8/128GB trim will retail for INR 54,999 while the 12/256GB model will go for INR 59,999. The device is also on pre-order in Pakistan for PKR 159,999.

The Huawei Mate Xs 2 also went global. It’s set to arrive in European markets in June for €1,999 in white, black, and violet colors. The latest outward foldable from Huawei packs a 7.8-inch OLED with a 2480 x 2200px resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. When folded up the panel shrinks to a more one-hand friendly 6.5-inches. Despite the large size Mate Xs 2 weighs in at 255 grams – notably less than its predecessor – Mate Xs (300g) and Huawei’s Mate X2 (295g). The new Mate Xs 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G chipset and comes in a single 8GB RAM and 512GB storage trim.

A rumor surfaced that Samsung will reportedly design its own custom chipset for the 2025 Galaxy S-series. The new rumor cited by South Korean publication Inews24 and reliable tipster IceUniverse suggests that Samsung officials are not pleased with the backlash over the Galaxy S22 series GOS scandal as well as the insufficient yields and poor thermal management of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the Exynos 2200 chipsets. Thus a new approach similar to what Apple is doing with its A-series chipsets is being discussed with the ultimate goal of having better-optimized devices.

Samsung also issued a new firmware update to the Galaxy S22 line of devices. It includes various unnamed security fixes as well as improvements to the “overall stability of functions”.

That’s it for the highlights of the week. The full list of hot articles is below. See you in a week!

There is also the Infinix Note 12 (G96), which is a refresh of the original Note 12 with a new chipset (you guessed it, it’s the Helio G96). 

Samsung sends another update to the Galaxy S22 family

At this rate it might run out of issues to fix.

Oppo Reno8 series listed online, Reno8 Pro+ handled on video

The Reno8 series is launching on May 23.

Poco X4 GT is on the way

The X4 family is getting bigger soon.

Huawei Mate Xs 2 hands-on

It’s impressively light and hides its crease better than any foldable we’ve seen!

Oppo Reno8 Pro render showcases camera setup and official colors

Featuring a quad-camera setup and four color options.

Samsung to deliver custom chipset to Galaxy S series in 2025

Samsung is aiming for better-optimized flagship phones.

Apple releases iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5

Wallet and Podcasts enhancements are in.

Redmi Note 11T series launching on May 24

The Note 11T Pro+ will bring MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100 chipset.

Motorola Moto G71s launches with 120Hz OLED display, Snapdragon 695

The original G71 has a 6.4″ 60Hz OLED display and the same chipset. This appears to be closer (in fact, nearly identical) to the G82.

vivo X80 Pro in for review

Vivo’s flagship just went global and it’s here for review.

The OnePlus Nord 2T will be the first phone with the Dimensity 1300

OnePlus officially confirmed that it will use the new chipset. The Nord 2T will be officially unveiled this Thursday.

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon launch event for May 20

Snapdragon 8 Gen1+ and the all-new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 are expected to launch at the event.

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Sony’s new flagship immediately shot to the top of our leaderboard.

OnePlus Ace Racing edition launches with 120Hz LCD and Dimensity 8100-Max

That’s the same chipset as the original Ace, but a new display. The camera and battery have been changed as well as a few other things (like adding a 3.5mm jack).

OnePlus unveils Nord 2T with Dimensity 1300 and 80W charging

Open sales start on May 24.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro to have a titanium body and sapphire glass

Samsung has used titanium for watches before, but this will be its first sapphire glass.

The Honor 70 series will be unveiled on May 30, model with 54MP camera teased

That’s an unusual resolution – rumor has it that Honor has secured some brand new Sony sensors to use in the 70-series.

Huawei Mate Xs 2 goes global, starting at €1999

Coming to European markets from June.

The Huawei P50 Pro can gain 5G connectivity via a special case with an eSIM

The case is not made by Huawei itself, of course, but the level of integration seems to make the experience seamless.

Oppo Reno8 series launching on May 23

Reno8 is expected to debut Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 while the Reno8 Pro should bring MediaTek’s Dimensity 8100.

The Xiaomi 12 Ultra will retain the camera specs of its predecessor

A leaked case seemingly also confirms the design.

Realme announces Narzo 50 5G and 50 Pro 5G

Two new 5G midrangers powered by MediaTek Dimensity chipsets.

vivo teases S15 with official images

The smartphone will launch on May 19.

Huawei officially confirms Mate Xs 2, Watch GT3 Pro going global tomorrow

We’ll make sure to cover all the announcements at the keynote.

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