Welcome to your week’s recap. Amazingly the most popular device of the week wasn’t a phone but rather the Sony PlayStation 5. The PlayStation 5 will come in a sleek new white and black body meant to stand upright. It will be sold in a version with an optical 4K Blue-ray drive and a version without one, called PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.
We also saw a listing for the PS 5 on Amazon, citing a price tag of £599.99 ($760/€670). The next-gen console is due sometime in the second half of 2021.
Moving on to OnePlus and its first truly-affordable phone in years. The OnePlus Z’ specs and Indian price leaked – it will have a 6.55-inch SuperAMOLED with 90Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 765G with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 64MP camera plus a 16MP ultrawide, 4,300mAh battery and 30W charging. Pricing is a rumored INR 24,990 (~$330).
The Xiaomi Mi Band 5, the latest member of the best-selling fitness tracker family on the planet, was unveiled. It brings a bigger 1.1-inch OLED screen (the Mi Band 4 has a 0.95-inch screen), a new magnetic charger that finally doesn’t require you to take the tracker out of the band, 11 new tracking modes, a more accurate heart-rate sensor and the same great starting price – $26 for the non-NFC, $30 for the NFC model in China.
Motorola unveiled the One Fusion+. It’s a Snapradon 730-powered smartphone with a 6.5-inch IPS LCD of 1080p+ resolution. The 16MP selfie camera is tucked inside a motorized pop-up mechanism. On the rear there’s a fingerprint scanner and four cameras – a 64MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP macro units and a 2MP depth sensor. The One Fusion+ has a 3.5mm headphone jack but no NFC and a 5,000mAh battery that charges at 15W. The Motorola One Fusion+ will launch in Europe later this month and it will cost €300.
The other major release this week was the Xiaomi Redmi 9 with a Helio G80 chipset, 6.53-inch IPS LCD, 13MP main camera with a 8MP ultrawide, 5MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. The entry-level 3/32GB version costs €149, there’s also a 4/64GB for €179.
Those were the highlights of last week, the full list of hottest stories is below. See you in a week!