This week we got the first big-name flagships of 2020 from Samsung and Xiaomi.
Samsung unpacked its Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, as well as its second foldable phone in the Galaxy Z Flip. The same global event saw the unveil of the Galaxy Buds+.
The new Galaxies all feature either the Snapdragon 865 or the in-house Exynos 990 chipset, 120Hz AMOLED screens and bigger batteries as well as an assortment of cameras. The Galaxy S20 and S20+ received a bump in the main camera, the new telephoto and the ultrawide over the Galaxy Note10+. But the Galaxy S20 Ultra saw the biggest improvement in camera specs, featuring the new Nonacell 108MP sensor with 12MP 9-in-1 binned stills and 8K video, a new 5x optical 48MP periscope zoom camera and a new 40MP selfie snapper.
The Galaxy Z Flip is quite remarkable in that it actually has a foldable glass screen.
Xiaomi’s Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro became official in China. Both have 108MP f/1.7 main cameras, 6.67-inch Super AMOLED screens with 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 865 chipsets, 30W wireless charging and run Android 10 under MIUI 11.
The Mi 10 Pro is the more impressive phone with two telephoto cameras (2x and 5x), while the Mi 10 misses out on those but has a slightly larger 4,780mAh battery. The Mi 10 Pro’s 4,500mAh unit does 50W, though, while the vanilla 10 only goes up to 30W.
The week was soured by the news that the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has been cancelled. Makers announced one by one that they would forgo their events at the congress (or the week before it) due to Coronavirus concerns and finally GSMA, the congress organizer, decided to cancell the show altogether. The MWC has been taking place every year since 2006. GSMA is hopeful that MWC 2021 in Barcelona will go on as planned, though.
Those were the biggest stories of the week. See you next one!