The end of the year is nigh and we see plenty of companies going into the holiday mood so there’s understandably fewer actual announcements happening. Xiaomi decided to go against the trend and introduced the Redmi K30 lineup in China – it includes a 5G phone with Snapdragon 765G chipset and a basic 4G option with Snapdragon 730G SoC.
Companies like Sony and Huawei are already working on their next flagships, as evidenced by Xperia 3’s arrival on Geekbench with Qualcomm’s flagship platform Snapdragon 865, while renders of the Huawei P40 suggested a 6.57” screen.
Oppo will introduce the Reno3 lineup later this month and we finally have an official date – it will be unveiled on December 26. There will be at least two phones – Oppo Reno3 and Oppo Reno3 Pro 5G with Snapdragon 765G chip.
Realme is bringing its own true wireless earphones called Buds Air, and in the past seven days we heard the price and learned they will support wireless charging.
We also got to handle the Oppo’s prototype phone with a front-facing camera under the display and no buttonts or ports. Scroll down to see the full list of Week 50’s top stories.
Nokia’s Linux efforts faced internal and external pressure, but they did deliver this jewel – only for it to be quickly discontinued in favor of WP7.
The K30 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 765G SoC while the non-5G variant has a Snapdragon 730G at the helm.
By the looks of it, Sony is preparing four variants of its 2020 flagship. The top-specced model should feature 5G connectivity.
Both the flagship and mid-range charts are overrun by Snapdragon-based devices – all but two phones have a Qualcomm chip at their heart.
The phones will be unveiled later this week. The S10 lite and Note10 lite are also known as A91 and A81, respectively.
The third Redmi Note 8 model brings NFC and an 18W charger but is that enough in the competitive entry-level segment?
In fact, only one region will stick with the Exynos 990 chipset. This hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, however.
One small part of Windows 10 Mobile will live on for about a year longer, though – its Office apps will continue to be supported until January 2021.
Also available for older iPad and iPod touch models that don’t support iOS 13, and includes some security updates.
The Mediatek platform reaches almost 380,000 in total score, the Samsung SoC on a vivo X30 goes as high as 326,000.
It costs only half as much as the Nokia 2.1 and it’s cheaper than even the Nokia 1 Plus, while offering similar specs.
That’s just another company to MediaTek’s list of smartphone vendors such as Oppo, vivo, Xiaomi and Huawei.
Those are two firsts for Motorola, the pop-up selfie camera is another. But this may just be a case of playing “catch-up”.