Today’s official news starts with Nothing, and your puns are all welcome. It’s not like any of us chose the name of the company. A few days ago, the company announced that it would be hosting an event on March 23 at 10 a.m. EST. It will be a virtual event currently titled “The Truth” and there is no word that they will announce their roadmap for 2022 during this special event. Now, the company has also announced new funding of $70 million, bringing its reach to 144 million to date and they will reveal more information about the funding during their event. The thing is, we think we’ll have more than just a roadmap at this event. Lately we’ve seen subtle teasers of Carl Pei on a Nothing smartphone, and earlier this week we even saw him playing around with a prototype. A report from Tech Crunch claims that this phone could launch as soon as next month, so we expect to see some sort of announcement on March 23rd. We’ll see what teasers or leaks we get until then.
Moving on to OPPO and their foldables, as the company wants to build on the hype and success of the Find N last year. Now we have a new report from Digital Chat Station, where it claims that OPPO is working on two different types of foldables for 2022. This includes a clamshell-style foldable with a horizontal hinge and a unique smartphone with a rollable display. The leak also mentions that OPPO was surprised by the success of Find N in China and now wants to explore what is happening in other markets as well. But, getting back to the upcoming foldables, let’s talk about the prices. The clamshell foldable is said to be in the same price range as the Galaxy Z Flip 3, while the rollable wone will be in the premium segment with a price tag of around $1600. Oh, and this rollable model is also said to have a bigger screen than the Find N. It’s unclear when OPPO plans to announce these new foldables but, given how the Find N went, we might get them. to INNO Day 2022, which unfortunately happens until December.. Are you waiting for the new foldables from OPPO?
I know, I know.. The Apple event just happened, but we had some new leaks for products that didn’t make it yesterday. We have a new tweet from Ming Chi Kuo where he gives us his predictions for the 2022 MacBook Air. For starters, he claims that mass production will take place at the end of the second quarter or the third quarter of this year. On a very interesting twist, he claims that it will again be powered by the M1 chip, and that we won’t get a mini-LED display here either. We can expect some design changes though, as it boasts an all-new form factor design and more color options than before. Previous leaks mentioned that we were getting 24-inch iMac-like colors for this new MacBook Air, but every leak mentioned that it would bring the direct successor to the M1 chip. Other rumors also claim that this model will be thinner and lighter than the current variant, and it will bring white bezels and a white keyboard. I find it a little weird that Apple is using this processor which is about to be two years old for a complete overhaul of the MacBook Air, but hey, we’ll see what we get.
And finally, for today’s hottest news, let’s talk about Samsung and all the drama that unfolded over the past week about throttling their devices. Just for a quick recap, at the end of last week there were videos showing how Samsung was throttling Galaxy devices using their game optimization service that you couldn’t get rid of. The company released a quick statement saying it would fix the issue, but now it’s offering more explanation. They have now posted a list of FAQs about the behavior of their optimization system and talked about their future plans for it. Samsung says the feature “optimizes” the performance of your device’s CPU and GPU so that excessive heat isn’t generated. Then they reiterate that there will be an update released which will bring a toggle to allow apps to run at full scale. They argue that the list of 10,000 apps that was released last week is not a list of apps restricted by GOS and instead, this list allows Galaxy devices to determine whether the newly installed app is a game or not. A little weird. And they also confirmed that benchmark apps are not a game app, so they are not covered by GOS. A little handy given that apps that weren’t even gaming apps showed some throttling. On another twist, Sammy could let users disable the service altogether, but they won’t offer free repairs due to overheating if they use the performance priority toggle, unless it’s under warranty.