Week 5 in review: Galaxy S20 and Z Flip rumors, next-gen Poco, iPhone 9 with a Home button

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Looking back on the past week, it was a fairly predictable stream of Galaxy related tidbits – after all, the S20 family is set for announcement in less than two weeks. We were treated to a new revelation about the 64MP camera of the upcoming flagship family, alongside a hint at low-light photo prowess, plus some GeekBench scores. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Flip foldable showed up in official renders and it’s seemingly coming to market right this month for the reasonable price of $1400.

The other star of the week was the upcoming Poco X2. Some key features were revealed, and as time passes by it becames all the more obvious that it’s going to be a rebranded Xiaomi K30 – not that it’s a bad thing.

Word got out on the street that the iPhone SE 2 that’s been some time in the making, and will likely be called iPhone 9, will also have a Home button. In 2020!

A Huawei exec made a splash a couple of days ago – he was quoted as saying that Huawei won’t be returning to using Google apps and services regardless of a potential lift of the US ban on American companies to supply Chinese companies with US technology. It later turned out that the matter might be more nuanced than that, and we’re still hoping for fully functional Mates in the future, because GMS is hard to replace in western markets.

You can read up on the details by following the links below, where you’ll also find some more highlights of the week.

All three Samsung Galaxy S20 phones pass through Geekbench with S865 chips, 12GB of RAM
We found both US and Korean models, but the ones bound for Europe – the ones expected to use Exynos – are yet to reach the Geekbench database.

Samsung trademarks
This is likely a new version of Samsung’s night mode.

The 64MP tele camera of the Galaxy S20 is for 8K video, not 4-in-1 binning
The Galaxy S20’s 64MP tele will be used through cropping for pictures and 8K video.

Official renders of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip leak in black and purple, full specs surface
Based on the source’s track record, these renders look promising. More specifics arrive about the new Z Flip.

Galaxy Z Flip to launch February 14 for $1400, S20 Ultra in March for $1300
The 128GB variant can be had for the original 32GB price.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Z Flip passes through FCC, revealing all compatible LTE bands (no 5G)
Though the new Samsung phone is expected to arrive as an AT&T exclusive, an unlocked model will support all US carriers.

Poco X2 confirmed to feature 27W fast charging, leaked images reveal price and specs
It’s slated to go official on February 4.

Poco X2 appears in live photos, hint at stereo loudspeakers
Dual front-facing punch-hole camera.

Poco X2 with a 120Hz display will be sold through Flipkart
It’s believed to be a re-branded Redmi K30.

Apple iPhone 9 to retain home button
It’s expected to go official in March.

Huawei nova 7i is coming on February 14
It’s a global version of the nova 6 SE launched in China last month.

Huawei P40 phones will be cheaper than the P30
The price cut may have something to do with the lack of Google Mobile Services.

Huawei exec: There is no going back to GMS even if ban is lifted [Updated]
The company is strictly focusing on building up its Huawei Mobile Services portfolio.

Leaked Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro specs suggest 16 GB RAM
The phone is also going to have a 512 GB storage option if the image is real.

Moto Z5 coming with 5,000mAh battery
The phone was spotted on the FCC’s database.

Sony Xperia 1.1 camera detailed
It’s rumored to be unveiled at MWC next month.

Redmi Note 8 Pro's camera rated mediocre by DxOMark
The latest Redmi Note member leaves a lot to be desired according to DxOMark.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro doesn't bend or break in durability test
The extra-curvy design of the Horizon display has not weakened it one bit.

Oppo executive reveals first render of company smartwatch
It will have a curved panel and two buttons on the side and it doesn’t look like an Apple Watch at all.

The European Parliament votes in favor of a common charger despite Apple's protests
One way to reduce e-waste is to stop bundling new chargers with new phones, but promote a single standard that works with phones of all brands.

Xiaomi's VP explains why under-screen cameras aren't coming anytime soon
It seems like we won’t see the tech on any commercial products soon.

Nokia 9.2 might have under-display camera
HMD Global is reportedly testing the technology for use in its next flagship.

Xiaomi leads in Indian smartphone sales while Realme grows exponentially
The Indian smartphone market grew 14% from the same quarter in 2018 and Apple reaches a milestone in India.

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