Week 36 in review: LG V20 and iPhone 7 duo get announced, Note7 recall saga continues

The iPhone launch captured the bulk of the media attention this week – like it could have been otherwise. The pair of smartphones surprised no one due to the abundance of leaks, and yet everyone was curious to read the official bits.

So, no headphone jack, but Lightning EarPods and a dongle in the box, plus $159 wireless AirPods. No more clicking the Home button, it’s now pressure-sensitive instead. Great looking Jet Black color option that scratches easily, and IP67 certification, but no water damage covered under warranty. Of course, there are the usual upgrades in the internals (new chipset), with the 7 Plus also getting a bump in RAM up to 3GB.

That’s a very brief summary though, if you missed the iPhone 7 launch, be sure to catch up using the links below.

Meanwhile, Samsung is still dealing with the Galaxy Note7 recall, ‘heartbreaking’ as it may be. SDI-sourced batteries are no longer to be used, and anode and cathode shouldn’t come into contact regardless of maker. Refrain from using your Gear VR with the Note7 before it gets replaced too, Oculus warns.

On the day before the iPhone announcement, LG pulled the wraps off the V20 – the ticker display lives on, the body gets a total makeover. Meizu announced the m3 Max, the iPhone SE and high-end Xperias received price cuts here and there, and a 7-inch Google Pixel tablet by Huawei may be in the works.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus arrives with dual cameras

Apple’s new iPhone 7 Plus comes with two camera sensors.

Apple iPhone 7 is official with stereo speakers and water resistance

The iPhone 7 sports IP67 certification and dual speakers.

Apple iPhone 7 pricing and availability, pre-order on September 9

Apple’s new iPhone 7 will be coming sooner than expected.

Apple announces $159 truly wireless AirPods earbuds

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Jet Black iPhone 7 scratches easily

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Mind the fine print: iPhone 7 warranty doesn't cover liquid damage

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Reliance Jio 4G service is now live, but there are a few things to note

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Galaxy Note7 recall will cost Samsung a

That’s what Samsung’s smartphone business head Koh Dong Jin has said.

Galaxy Note7 will no longer pack in Samsung SDI batteries

Samsung SDI is claimed to have supplied up to 70% of batteries used in the phablet.

Samsung briefly explains reason behind Galaxy Note7 explosions

The company, however, declined to officially confirm that it was Samsung SDI whose batteries were at fault.

Oculus warns Gear VR users against using the headset with Samsung Galaxy Note7

If you own the Samsung Galaxy Note7-compatible Gear VR, you should refrain from using the headset with the smartphone. That’s what Oculus – whose technology powers the VR headset – is saying.

Florida mans Jeep goes up in flames because of Note7

Another case has been documented for a Note7 becoming engulfed with flames. Samsung Galaxy Note owner Nathan Dornacher lost the family Jeep to a defective Note7 unit.

LG V20 goes official with a durable and lightweight body, dual-camera

LG announced the V20 a rugged yet beautiful smartphone with flagship chipset and camera.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime to land in India soon

According to Mumbai, India-based retailer Mahesh Telecom, the device will carry a price tag of INR 18,790 (around $285).

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 might launch as early as next week

Recent leaks suggest the device will either be made official on September 14 or September 24.

Sony Xperia X and Xperia Z5 Premium receive price cuts in India

Sony has slashed the prices of its Xperia X and Xperia Z5 Premium smartphones in India. The former is now listed on the Japanese company’s India website for INR 38,990, down from its launch price of I…

LeEco Pro 3 said to pack in 5,000mAh battery in 7mm thin body

Other rumored specs include Snapdragon 821 SoC, 6GB RAM, and 16MP main camera.

Meizu M3 Max goes official with 6-inch display, 4,100mAh battery

The device carries a price tag of RMB 1,699, which translates into around $255.

Huawei-made 7-inch Google Pixel tablet with 4GB of RAM on the way

The rumor speaking about it comes from Evan Blass, also known by his famous @evleaks moniker.

iPhone SE (64GB model) receives official price cut in US

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Motorola Moto G4 Play lands in India for $135

The device is an Amazon exclusive in the country, with sales beginning 10:00pm today.

First camera samples from the Sony Xperia XZ are here

The company’s true flagship is here now.