Week 35 in review: IFA, iPhone 7 pricing, Note7 recall

One of the biggest events of the year, IFA in Berlin was the single most important thing that happened this week. We have the new announcements nicely rounded up for you here, and those include the Moto Z Play, a Sony Xperia XZ flagship and an X Compact, plus the Gear S3 smartwatch, just to name a few.

Who would have thought then that in the week of IFA the most read article on GSMArena would be one on the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 7. Though when the story is that Apple is planning to offer 32GB/128GB/256GB storage options (effectively doubling the built-in memory compared to last year’s models), while keeping the respective prices unchanged, the excitement is understandable.

Ongoing Nexus rumors continued this week, before it was revealed that Google’s future phones won’t be named Nexus at all. The Galaxy S8 rumor mill is picking up speed too, next year’s A5 might have shown up in benchmarks, and the Note7’s S Pen appears to have a tendency to get stuck. Again.

That’s not the high-end phablet’s biggest issue, though, not by a long stretch. A worldwide recall of all Note7 units has been officially announced, in light of reports of exploding batteries. Better safe than sorry.

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Galaxy S8 to have dual rear camera, 8 MP selfie snapper and iris scanner

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Samsung is withdrawing the Galaxy Note7 from some markets due to faulty batteries

A recall still has not been officially announced – meaning that for now you won’t have to return your purchased Note 7, but the unsold units are being withdrawn.

ZUK Z2 coming soon to India as Lenovo Z2 Plus

An exact date or month wasn’t revealed by the company.

Moto Z Play is official with 3,510 mAh battery, SD625 and 3.5mm jack

It will be the mid-ranger in the Z line, complementing the high-end Moto Z and Moto Z Force.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) spotted in benchmark and import listings

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The new S-Pen can get stuck in the Galaxy Note7, Samsung responds

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Apple officially confirms September 7 event for the next iPhone

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Samsung issues official statement on Galaxy Note7 battery fiasco

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