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Saturday coffee #213

The week turned out to be quite rich in new smartphones, so there is something to talk about. And so the Ministry of Digital Transformation reported,

that in the application "Gosuslugi Avto" there was a serviceEuroprotocol online. With it, motorists can issue a notice of an accident without calling a police officer and filling out paper forms. Okay, but it seems to me that in the current realities it is generally risky to get involved with the European protocol.

From this week Wildberries for return/refusal ofgoods may charge 1,000 rubles. And it may not even be a large-sized thing! For example, returning/rejecting a can of paint for 400 rubles means minus 1,000 rubles from your budget. Be careful and read the conditions for the return of a particular product on the site.

We also published an article about toxic subscriptions this week:

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Why toxic subscriptions are bad for any company, on the example of such subscriptions from Tinkoff and how the bank imposes its services.

MegaFon announced that it had increased the transmission speeddata in Telegram, expanding the bandwidth of direct communication channels with the messenger from 400 Gb / s to 1000 Gb / s. Has anyone felt the difference? I somehow did not feel the increase in speed in Telegram.

And VKontakte announced one of the mostthe largest mobile application updates in the history of the social network. It will affect several key products at once, and will also become the foundation for the development of the platform, in particular, the launch of experimental functions related to NFT and Web 3.0. The new design will receive the main screen of the application with a ribbon, the "Services" section, the user profile and communities.

Table of Contents

  • Samsung's New Foldable Smartphones
  • Favorable discount on smartphones from Tele2
  • Xiaomi presentation
  • What is popular with young people
  • Updated RAZR
  • ...and dessert

Samsung's New Foldable Smartphones

Korean manufacturer Samsung spent the weekglobal presentation of its new foldable smartphones, in which it is the market leader today. We have already released detailed material following the presentation:

Official presentation of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4, Buds2 Pro and Watch5

We consider all the new products from Samsung, think about Russian prices and how much it makes sense to wait for them in Russia. All announcement details

All in all, nothing extraordinary Samsung showfailed this time, as both the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 are just minor upgrades from previous versions. In both models, according to the manufacturer, they improved the folding design, making it even more reliable, and upgraded the processors to the fresh Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

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Galaxy Z Flip 4 got bigger in comparisonwith its predecessor a 1.9-inch external display, on which additional options were hung so that the device could be more comfortably used when closed. The manufacturer slightly increased the battery, now its capacity is 3700 mAh. Otherwise, this is a copy of the Flip 3, even in the same design and, it seems to me, in the same body colors.

Folding flagship smartphone Galaxy Z Fold 4also has not changed much, and the main update can be considered a new camera, which went to the device from the Galaxy S22 Ultra. So Fold 4 becomes a real top flagship from all angles.

I always wanted to try a device with a flexiblescreen, but something beyond a short acquaintance with the device did not reach the hands. And it’s more interesting for me to use a clamshell like Galaxy Z Flip 4 or the same Moto RAZR 2022. Yes, Galaxy Z Fold 4 is much more interesting in many respects, but given that I always use two devices, on iOS and Android, such a large smartphone , like Fold, it will not be very convenient for my scenario.

Favorable discount on smartphones from Tele2

This week, the Tele2 operator announced that nowcustomers will be able to exchange minutes for a discount when buying Xiaomi smartphones at a new favorable rate. Under the standard terms of the promotion, launched in 2021, the exchange rate is one to one. From August 10 to September 30, 2022, the operator's customers can save twice as much: one minute equals two rubles of discount.

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Good news from Tele2 for those userswho planned to buy a new Xiaomi smartphone and take advantage of the discount in exchange for minutes. Now, in order to receive a conditional discount of 4,000 rubles, it is enough to have savings of 2,000 minutes, and not 4,000, as it was before.

Xiaomi presentation

Folding smartphone Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 was presented at a presentation in China. You can read more about it and other new products of the company in our separate article:

Xiaomi presentation: new MIX Fold 2 flexible screen smartphone, Xiaomi Buds 4 Pro headphones and Watch S1 Pro watch

The main competitor of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is presented! Xiaomi is establishing itself as a manufacturer of premium products that not everyone can afford.

The device received an internal flexible 8.02-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2160 × 1914 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The outer one, 6.56 inches, is also AMOLED with a resolution of 2520 × 1080 pixels and the same refresh rate of 120 Hz. Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is complemented by 12 GB of RAM and 256/512 GB / 1 TB of internal. A main camera with a 50 MP f/1.8 wide-angle module with OIS, which complements a 10 MP telephoto lens, also with OIS and 3x optical zoom, and a third 13 MP ultra-wide module.

For some unknown reason, the device did not receivethe camera on the internal screen, so for video calls it is suggested to turn the unfolded smartphone over to use the main camera and the external screen for these purposes.

The battery in the device is 4500 mAh with support for 67 W fast charging. The manufacturer promises that up to 100% of the smartphone can be charged in 40 minutes.

The price of Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 starts at 8,999 yuan (about 82,000 rubles), but it is likely that, like the first MIX Fold, the device will remain a model for the Chinese domestic market.

Xiaomi also showed the Pad 5 Pro tablet.It received a 12.4-inch display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, 6/8/12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256/512 GB of permanent UFS 3.1 plus USB 3.2 Gen 1. The battery in the device is 10,000 mAh with support for fast 67W charging.

The price of Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro in China starts at 2,799 yuan (about 25,000 rubles).

Xiaomi Buds 4 headphones are another noveltyPro. They received an active noise cancellation system, 11 mm drivers and support for Spatial Audio surround sound. The battery life of the headphones is up to 9 hours and up to 38 hours with recharging in the case.

The price of Buds 4 Pro in China is from 999 yuan (about 9,000 rubles).

I didn’t particularly like the new Xiaomi novelties inthis time. MIX Fold seems to be interesting in terms of specifications, but I don’t like the design of the camera block at all, and the point is not that it protrudes strongly, but simply that it’s somehow not very good in design. Yes, and in terms of format, I prefer a folding smartphone from Oppo. In addition, the Fold from Xiaomi, apparently, still will not come to us officially, and perhaps will not even enter the global market. The tablet seems interesting, but there is nothing special about it. And you need to listen to the headphones before drawing any conclusions.

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What is popular with young people

August 12 was International Youth Day,and experts from the Beeline.analytics research service that day told what applications Russian youth use today and what the top smartphones look like for people aged 18 to 35.

Top apps used by young peoplediffers depending on the city, however, on average across the country, YouTube is in first place in terms of traffic, VKontakte is in second place, TikTok and Telegram are in third place, Odnoklassniki are in fourth place, and WhatsApp is in fifth place.

Top 5 smartphones in people aged 18 to 35represented by two models from Apple, which occupy the first and fifth places, these are the Apple iPhone 11 and iPhone 7. The second and third places were shared by inexpensive devices from Redmi, models 9A and 9C. And in fourth place is the Samsung Galaxy A51.

If the applications are more or less clear, althoughsurprises that Odnoklassniki got into the top, then with smartphones everything is more interesting. Getting into the top five most popular smartphones among young people inexpensive Redmi, apparently, can be explained by the price and special offers from the same operators. Samsung as a mid-budget option, which had a lot of promotions in its time, is also in its place. But the old people from Apple, well, the iPhone 11 is still quite in shape, it's interesting. I did not expect to see iPhone 13 at the top of the ranking, but for some reason I thought that the 12th model should get into the most popular ones. But no, on top of the Apple iPhone 11, which the Cupertino company introduced in 2019, is a good model and one of the last with an IPS screen, the SE doesn't count.

Updated RAZR

This week is a flurry of foldable novelties.Motorola did not stand aside, which introduced an updated version of its flexible smartphone Moto RAZR 2022. The novelty received a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, now everyone has it. The smartphone uses a 6.7-inch flexible P-OLED screen with FHD + resolution and a refresh rate of 144Hz, while the external display has a diagonal of 2.7 inches. The device received up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and the main volume can reach 512 GB. The photomodule includes two image sensors of 50 MP and 13 MP. In the main display, a 32 MP front camera is placed in the screen cutout. The battery in the device is 3,500 mAh with 33W fast charging support.

The novelty will be offered at a price of 5,999 yuan (about 54,000 rubles) for the younger version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of main memory.

Moto RAZR 2022 is a direct competitor to the Galaxy Z Flip4, so it will not be easy to choose between the two new products, and users will rather look at the design of the device, since the devices are plus or minus the same in terms of characteristics.

We have released such an interesting article about updates for Android:

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And more about the fitness bracelet from Huawei, which is a good companion for a smartphone:

Huawei Watch Fit 2 review: the best - period!

Sleek, fast, convenient and affordable watch on HarmonyOS…

...and dessert

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And finally, I will recommend you our material about the Steam Desk console:

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