Week 14 in review: LG calls it quits, Nokia has new phones, Sony teases Xperia 1 III

This week LG finally confirmed it’s ending its phone-making run, after nearly 20 years in the business. LG will stop making smartphones, but it has promised that it will support its premium phones (specifically G and V series devices, released after 2019) for up to three Android OS updates.

Meanwhile we saw high-quality renders of Huawei’s upcoming P50 smartphone and an image in the wild of an apparent P50 prototype. Rumor has it that Huawei will wait to unveil its P50 series until June, when it will release its Harmony OS 2.0.

Nokia unveiled six phones. The Nokia X10 and X20 bring 5G, three years of Android OS updates and three years of warranty for a price of €310 and €350, respectively. The X10 is coming in June, while the X20 in May.

The other four are the Android 11-powered G20 and G10 and the Android 11 Go-powered Nokia C10 and C20. The G20 and G10 have 5,050mAh batteries, 6.5-inch 720p+ LCDs and a price of €160 and €140, respectively. The C10 and C20 are truly affordable at €75 and €90.

Lenovo announced its Legion Duel 2 gaming phone. It takes an interesting approach with dual batteries, dual charging ports, dual haptic motors and a side-mounted 44MP camera. The Legion Duel 2 will go on sale later this month in China and come to Europe in May. Pricing starts at €799 for the 12/256GB model and goes up to €999 for the 16/512GB model with a bundled charging dock.

Finally, let’s look at Sony. It will hold an online event for its Xperia 1 III and Xperia 10 III on April 14. The Xperia 1 III is rumored to finally have a periscope camera. The phone will likely retain its 3.5mm headphone jack, 6.5-inch 4K OLED display and general form factor.

Those were the key stories of the week. See you next one!

Huawei P50 leaks in high-quality images

The phone is visualized in four colors and with four camera lenses.

In memoriam: LG's great smartphone inventions

The company is leaving the phone business – a business to which it had contributed so much. Here’s a look back at all the innovations by LG.

LG is officially out of the smartphone business

The decision was approved by LG’s board of directors.

Sony unleashes two teaser videos for the upcoming Xperia Mark III launch

The company leverages its expertise in building hardware for the entertainment industry – movies, music and gaming – to promote its phones.

Olixar shows off Sony Xperia 1 III and 10 III case designs (and the phones themselves)

They match up with the @OnLeaks renders, meaning 3.5 mm jacks for both models and a shortcut key for the Mark III flagship.

T-Mobile is giving you a free Samsung Galaxy A32 5G if you trade-in any old phone

The carrier is also giving all its customers a free upgrade to unlimited plans.

45% of Meizu 18 users have switched over from Apple phones

The statement comes from Meizu’s own Weibo profile.

Nokia X10 and X20 announced: 5G support and 3 years of software updates and warranty

HMD has pledged 3 years of full support: that’s OS updates, security patches and even warranty repairs for the two X-series models.

vivo X70 Pro+ to bring upgraded camera and battery

Chipset might remain Snapdragon 888, just like the X60 Pro+.

Samsung to stop making Exynos-powered Galaxy S20 FE 4G, switch to Snapdragon

This version showed up in benchmarks a few days ago, and now a leakster says it’s the future.

Huawei P50 prototype photos suggest entirely new camera design

The phone will have an off-centered oreo setup.

Samsung and Adidas bring Stan Smith Galaxy Buds Pro

Launching in South Korea on April 7.

Redmi 20X promo poster leaks showing colors, hinting at specs

It should be the follow-up to the Redmi 10X from last year.

Lenovo Legion 2 Pro reveals a built-in fan in new live photos

The phone will keep the cameras in the middle, on a podium-like back panel.

Lenovo’s Legion Phone Duel 2 brings double charge ports, two fans and flagship specs

Coming in China later this month and select European markets in May.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra global sales begin from Malaysia

The company has also posted a teardown video of the smartphone.

Nokia G20 and G10 unveiled with large batteries, Android Go-powered Nokia C20 and C10 join in

All four The G-series is powered by Helio G chipsets and will receive two years of software updates.

Oppo A74 and A74 5G quietly unveiled with Snapdragon 662 and 480 chipsets

That’s right, the 5G model gets a 400-series chip. And slower charging – 33W for the 4G model, 18W for the 5G.

LG will update select phones to Android 11, some will even get Android 12

The company will also continue working on security patches. However, the list of supported models and the timing is still being determined.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 may have a smaller outer screen

We also get an idea of which companies are making the displays for this year’s upcoming foldables.

Harmony OS 2.0 stable coming in June, Huawei P50 series delayed until then

The company expects 300 million devices to run its in-house OS by the end of 2021.

Samsung is bringing five Galaxy A 2021 models to the US this month, three with 5G

Including its first 5G smartphone under $300. The five phones are the Galaxy A52 5G, A42 5G, A32 5G, A12 and A02s.

Oppo Reno5 Z 5G announced: Dimensity 800U, 6.43

It’s a rebadged F19 Pro+ 5G with slower charging and an NFC chip onboard.

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