This was Xiaomi’s week with the announcement of the CC9 Pro for China, its global counterpart the Mi Note 10, the Mi Watch and even a couple of TVs in different sizes.
The CC9 Pro/Mi Note 10 will become the world’s first phones with the 108MP camera to hit the shelves, and they also pack 2x tele, 5x tele, ultrawide and dedicated macro cameras, along with a capable Snapdragon 730G chipsets and huge 5,260mAh batteries with 30W fast charging.
The CC9 Pro starts at CNY2,799 ($400/€360) and goes as high as CNY3,499 ($500/€450) and goes on sale on November 11. The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 will cost €549 and €649, respectively, and come to Germany on November 11 and Spain and Italy on November 15.
The 108MP camera, premiered by Xiaomi’s latest phone propelled it to the top of DxO Mark’s smartphone chart, matching the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.
A few days later DxO published its review of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, placing Apple’s greatest in joint third place with the Galaxy Note10+ and behind Xiaomi’s latest cameraphone.
Samsung announced that it will shut down its custom CPU core department at the end of the year. That means that it will use ARM’s ready-made cores in place of its custom-developed Mongoose ones. We’ll see how that affects the Galaxy S11, which is due to use an Exynos 9830 and a Snapdragon 865 with four Cortex-A77 cores from ARM.
While on the subject of the Galaxy S11, a rumor emerged that it will use a second generation of the 108MP sensor found on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, however it’s not yet clear what will be different about it. The Galaxy S11 is also expected to bring an increase in battery capacities across its models. A certification surfaced, which suggests that a future S11e could house a 3,730mAh power cell.
The last big Samsung-related story of the week is about the Galaxy A51 that’s expected in early 2020. It will likely feature a 48MP main camera, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide and a 5MP depth sensor.
The Galaxy A51 will replace one of Samsung’s best-selling phones in the A50, and will have a 3.5mm headphone jack, Exynos 9611 SoC, Android 10, a 6.5-inch screen and 32MP selfie camera.
Sony teased its upcoming IMX686 image sensor, which will have a resolution between 60 and 64MP. It’s a Quad Bayer type sensor so we can expect it to snap 15-16MP photos when it comes to devices in 2020.
Those were the biggest stories of the week, see you next one!
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