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The Honor Magic5 charges with 66 watts, OnePlus develops foldables and Google has published repair guides for the Pixel 7 series.
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Honor Magic5 charges with 66 watts

The upcoming Honor Magic5 has bagged another certification. According to the Chinese 3C agency, the next Honor smartphone will be launched with 66W fast charging. The device has the model code PGT-AN00 and the appropriate 11V/6A charger is in the box. It achieves the same speed as the predecessor Honor Magic4. The flagships Magic5 Pro and Magic5 Ultimate, on the other hand, should charge with at least 100 watts.

Honor is expected to launch the Magic5 series at MWC Barcelona on February 27th. Based on previous rumours, at least four models are said to be on the scene, including the Magic5 Lite, Magic5, Magic5 Pro and Magic5 Ultimate. The Lite model will bring a Snapdragon 695 chipset, with the rest expected to be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processors. The Magic5 Pro and Ultimate are said to have a camera setup consisting of four 50-megapixel sensors.

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OnePlus V Fold and OnePlus V Flip before launch

After Samsung, Oppo and vivo, OnePlus also seems to be venturing into the world of foldables. According to a new leak, even twice – the OnePlus V Fold and a OnePlus V Flip are on the way. The OnePlus V Fold should have a similar form factor as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold4 (review) or the Oppo Find N2. The OnePlus V Flip will likely be a clamshell foldable like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 (review) or the recently released Oppo Find N2 Flip.

The tipster discovered trademark applications for a OnePlus V Flip and a OnePlus V Fold. However, the Company may reserve these titles for future use. According to the tip, the OnePlus foldables will soon be on the market and are currently being tested in several regions, including Europe. Unfortunately, there is no information about the technical data yet.

The fact that OnePlus is experimenting with foldable smartphones is basically nothing new. Software executive Gary Chen confirmed that OnePlus is working with Google on its future foldable phones. Later in August, the brand’s CEO, Pete Lau, shared an image of a foldable hinge mechanism, which can be seen above.

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Google releases repair guides for Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

Google has released repair guides for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. However, there is a catch – the repair manuals are only available in French so far. And even the associated support article, where you can download the manuals, is limited to users in France via Geo-IP. Without a French IP you only get an error message that the page cannot be found.

The repair guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to repair a damaged Pixel phone using genuine parts. However, there is always a risk of damaging the smartphone when you try it yourself. Therefore, Google recommends that only tech experts should attempt to repair Google Pixel smartphones. Since 2021, France has required smartphone, notebook and television manufacturers to provide a repairability index for their products.

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