Week 1 in review: Sony Xperia XZ4, Galaxy S10, Nokia 9 and Redmi 7 on the horizon

We are now at the end of the first week of the new year! If you were thinking smartphone world will take some time off for the holidays you were wrong – week 1 was rather eventful.

While there weren’t many announcements in the week there were sightings of exciting upcoming products.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, the Sony Xperia XZ4 and the Nokia 9 were the flagships that are expected to become official quite soon.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 was photographed in the wild and we saw a purported Galaxy S10+ case snapped on a Galaxy S9+, revealing a very minor difference in size.

The Nokia 9 Pureview was all but revealed in an official-looking promo video. The promo detailed the Nokia 9 Pureview’s display, chipset, RAM, storage, wireless charging and hinted at what its five cameras will be able to do. It’s also HMD’s first true flagship since it brought back the Nokia brand, so the excitement is understandable.

But the Sony Xperia XZ4 stole the show this week, showing off its Snapdragon 855 on Geekbench and topping AnTuTu with a 395kL score. We also saw a screen protector that hinted at an extra-tall 21:9 display.

Xiaomi made headlines by setting a date for the announcement of the Redmi 7 with a 48MP camera- January 10. In related news we saw the first concept render of what the Pocophone F2 might look like – the main difference was the waterdop notch.

The final big topic of the week was Apple’s admission of lower than expected iPhone sales. In a letter to investors Apple disclosed the reasons for the decrease in iPhone revenue, chief among being the “fewer carrier subsidies”, the price increases and the fact that some customers are “taking advantage of significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacements”.

See you in a week!

Sony Xperia XZ4 with Snapdragon 855 tops AnTuTu with 395K score

The Xperia XZ4 will constitute a big jump in performance over the XZ3.

Sony Xperia XZ4 screen protector reconfirms extra tall display

The 21:9 rumor is getting more and more solid.

Samsung Galaxy S10 photographed, have a look at its chin and punch hole camera

This is the “Beyond 1″, aka the 6.1” curved screen model. The S10 series will not have gradient color paint jobs, says another rumor.

Nokia 9 PureView promo video bares all

Five cameras, in-display fingerprint, dynamic refocus, 6-inch screen, wireless charging.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ case fits snugly on an S9+ as seen in this video

That means that the new “plus” model will have essentially the same dimensions as the outgoing S9+.

Redmi 7 with 48 MP camera arriving on January 10

The company announced the phone will mark the separation of the Redmi brand.

Concept render imagines Pocophone F2 with updated Xiaomi stylings

The wide notch of the original was not everyone’s favorite feature, so what if it’s replaced by a more palatable waterdrop notch?

The Nokia 8.1 uses NEG Dinorex instead of Gorilla Glass

While not as popular as Corning, NEG has supplied the strengthened glass for a bunch of phones, including the new nubia Red Magic Mars.

Look at the Moto G7 from all angles thanks to new case renders

The Moto G7 will likely be announced in February, prior to the MWC.

Xiaomi unveils Mi Home Projector Lite

Can project up to 200-inch image at 1080p resolution with HDR-10 support.

Xiaomi drops prices for its televisions in India

The company is passing on the reduced taxes on televisions in India onto customers.

Samsung Galaxy M10 FCC certification reveals 6-inch display, 3,400 mAh battery

The entry-level model in the new M line will have the Exynos 7870 at the helm, as per past leaks.

Apple finally acknowledges lower-than-expected iPhone sales

In a letter to investors, Apple discusses the factors that it used to base its predictions for Q1 and factors that led it to revise its guidance 60 days later.

Sony Xperia XZ4 with Snapdragon 855 is now on Geekbench too

Beats the Kirin 980 and A12 Bionic in multi-core performance.

Samsung Galaxy M30 to also have a huge 5,000 mAh battery

And a corresponding 6.38-inch screen.