Pre-orders have gone through and the OnePlus 12 series is now available. The original OnePlus 12 is available with a free storage upgrade, meaning $800 buys 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Try to get that from Samsung or Google.
A quick overview of this Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 powered phone features a 6.82-inch QHD+ display, a 120Hz LTPO panel with 10-bit colors. Plus 50MP main, 64MP 3x tele and 48MP ultra-wide cameras with Hasselblad calibration. OnePlus has introduced wireless charging (50W) to replace wired charging (80W) for the 5,400mAh battery (the wired option takes 30 minutes to charge). One of the weak points of this flagship is the IP65 dust and water resistance, which means it is not rated for submersion, only splash.
OnePlus 12R doesn’t get any promotions or discounts but it’s cheap in nature. This uses the old Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and brings the display back to 1,264 x 2,780px resolution. Still, the 6.78-inch is still an LTPO panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and 10-bit colors. The 50MP main camera has a slightly smaller sensor, the real downside being that the 8MP is too wide and completely lacking in telephoto. The 5,500mAh battery only supports wired charging, but it is 80W. The IP64 rating is expected but not ideal.
The entire Google Pixel lineup is on sale. The Pixel 7a is the budget ticket for a pure-Google experience at $175 less than the identical Pixel 8. It is powered by Tensor G2 and has a 6.1-inch FHD+ 90Hz OLED display. The 64MP main camera is super wide at 13MP. The 4,385mAh battery is slow even by Google standards with 18W wired and 7.5W wireless charging. It has a minimum rating of IP67.
Pixel 8 may be the sweet spot. While still not perfect, the Tensor G3 was a significant improvement over the G2. Also, the 6.2-inch FHD+ display runs at 120Hz (but not LTPO) and you get a 50MP main camera with a larger 1/1.31-inch sensor (vs. 1/1.73). 12 MP ultra wide but no tele. The 4,575mAh battery officially supports up to 27W wired and 18W wireless charging. This model has better water resistance with IP68 rating.
The Pixel 8 Pro has an LTPO display (6.7″ 120Hz ultra-QHD+) and a 48MP 5x periscope. Even the ultra-wide is better with a 48MP sensor. The 5,050mAh battery is slightly faster at 30W wired and 23W wireless, though in our review We found that both Pixel 8s charge at practically the same speed.
Google’s first foldable, the Pixel Fold, also has a 10.8MP sensor on the back, but also a periscope. That’s up from 48MP main (1/2.0”) and 10.8MP ultra-wide. The 5.8-inch cover display has a squat 17.4:9 aspect ratio (FHD+ 120Hz OLED), while the inner display has a 7.6-inch 120Hz OLED panel with a resolution of 1,840 x 2,208px. Unfortunately, this one uses the old Tensor G2 chip, which isn’t great for a $1,400 device. The phone is quite heavy at 283g, but it folds to 12.1mm and has IPX8 water resistance.
The Google Pixel Watch 2 has a more efficient Qualcomm 5100 chipset, which has helped improve battery life compared to the original. For health monitoring there is ECG on normal heart rate and SpO2 sensors. The watch has an aluminum frame that is rated for swimming at 50ATM. You can have the LTE model for $50 more.
You can complete your Pixel Kit with Google Pixel Buds Pro or Pixel Buds A-Series. The cheaper model offers decent audio, but battery life could be better and Adaptive Sound isn’t a replacement for ANC. The pros have the ANC though it’s not good. At least the battery life is much better.
While the Pixel buds have good integration with Google Assistant, Galaxy users may be better served with the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE. For $80 these have ANC and some find the wingtip design more comfortable and stable.
Here’s an interesting design – Soundcore VR P10 by Anker. As the name suggests, these are designed (and co-developed by Meta) for VR headsets. The dongle enables low-latency (sub-30ms) 2.4GHz connectivity and has a USB-C port for charging. Besides Quest, you can also use them on Steam Deck or Switch, PS5 and PCs. There is a Bluetooth connection (with LC3 code), so you can use them as normal TWS buds (they are IPX4 rated, so you are not afraid to go outside). The two buttons and dongle pack it into a standard-looking case.
Motorola Edge (2022) is an old phone. It’s still waiting for the Android 14 update and worse than being late, this update might be the last one. But look at that price – $160! This buys you a decent 5G chipset (Dimensity 1050), a decent 6.6-inch OLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 10-bit colors. There’s a 50MP main camera (1/1.55”, OIS) and a 13MP ultra wide, plus a 5,000mAh battery with 30W wired and even 15W wireless charging. While the Edge (2022) doesn’t run Android 15, it’s better than most entry-level phones you can buy at this price point.
For the latest, here’s the Motorola Edge (2023). This started with Android 13, not 12 as of 2022. And it has a new Dimensity 7030 chip with more RAM and storage. It also has upgrades like a 68W wired charger (maintaining the 15W wireless) and an aluminum frame with IP68 rating (with basic waterproofing). It will be longer in terms of support, but more than double the price.
Last week we mentioned the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ and the older Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. The price of the Tab S6 Lite has dropped further and is now the same price as the A9+, at $220 for the 128GB model. If nothing else, the S-series slate is better for DeX and S Pen support.
We’ll wrap it up with Logitech G Cloud. It’s back to the pre-order price of $300 and comes with the official carrying case. This is meant for streaming and brings a 7 inch 1080p 60Hz LCD and high quality controls for that task. The PlayStation Portal is cheaper ($200) and has an 8-inch 1080p 60Hz LCD, but is tied to the PS5.
Logitech G Cloud
SD 720G, 4/64GB, 7 inch FHD+ LCD (60Hz)
Includes official case
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