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Week 33 in review: Oppo F9 and R17, Motorola P30 debut

Week 33 ended up pretty busy with Oppo, Motorola and Xiaomi all announcing new hardware. Three phones and a tablet isn’t a bad return, considering it’s the middle of the summer.

Meanwhile, most pieces of the Pocophone F1 puzzle fell in place ahead of its August 22 announcement. The Huawei Mate 20 trio was also frequenting the rumor mill and even the Galaxy S10 got some spotlight despite being half a year away from officialdom.

The Galaxy Note9 on the other hand got its display inspected and pronounced the best in the world. Oh and it got a special version by Caviar with 1kg of gold.

For these and the other hot topics of the week check out the list below. See you next week!

Samsung's foldable smartphone gets portrayed in concept renders

The images are based on all the previously outed patents covering the Galaxy F (or Galaxy X).


Xiaomi Pocophone F1 launch date confirmed as video unboxing leaks

The Pocophone F1 will launch in India on August 22.


First Oppo F9 promo video goes live, talks dual camera and VOOC flash charge

This is the first dual camera on an F-series phone. And no, you haven’t missed anything – the official announcement is in two days.


Oppo F9 launches: a 6.3

Helio P60 provides the smarts for the 25MP selfie camera as well as for the dual camera on the rear.


Realme 2 leaks ahead of official announcement

Has a notch display, dual rear camera and fingerprint sensor.


Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus is official with 10-inch screen and 8,620 mAh battery

It also comes only in WiFi + 4G LTE variant.


Oppo R17 unveiled with under-display fingerprint scanner

The phone will arrive with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage on August 18.


Samsung Galaxy S10+ triple camera to have tele and wide-angle lenses

The whole setup will look like this – 16 MP regular + 13 MP tele + 12 MP wide-angle snappers.


Motorola P30 is official with SD636 and ZUI 4.0

The phone looks like the Lenovo Z5 but with an iPhone X-inspired camera design.


DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy Note9 has the best display ever

The best in class display, period.


Huawei confirms Kirin 980 will be 7nm and will power the Mate 20 series in October

Huawei expects that the Kirin 980 will be the first commercially available 7nm smartphone chip.


Huawei Mate 20 front panel leaks, reveals a notch and advanced 3D face recognition

An in-display fingerprint is sitting under the panel as well.


Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 benchmarked: as fast as any flagship

That kind of speed is easy to get – if you have the money. But the Pocophone is different, it won’t break the bank.


Cases for Sony Xperia XZ3 show single camera on the rear

However, we’ve previously seen cases that showed a dual camera. Will we see a XZ3 lineup with two different camera setups?


Huawei Mate 20's Kirin 980 detailed

The new leak confirms most of what we know and adds to the story.


Huawei Mate 20 Lite and its Kirin 710 chipset benchmarked

The Kirin 710 chip has only been used in the nova 3i so far.


Huawei Mate 20 Pro to have tiny notch and chin

The information was leaked on Twitter by @OnLeaks.


Caviar's Samsung Galaxy Note9 has 1 kg of pure gold on its back

The phone has a mind-boggling price tag of nearly $60,000/50,000.


Samsung to close smartphone factory in China

The company cant keep up with the rising costs of labor while sales are going down.


Huawei P20 Pro, Nokia 7 Plus and Honor 10 win EISA awards

The Expert Imaging and Sound Association has published its top picks for 2018-2019.


Sony Xperia XA3 benchmarked with Snapdragon 660 chipset

The XA2 generation used the Snapdragon 630. The 660 features four big cores – Kryo 260 Gold – and should offer a boost in performance.


Honor 8X gets complete specs revealed

It might end up being called the 8X Max, coming with a 7.12-inch display and a 4,900mAh battery.


Samsung patents self-regenerating oleophobic coating

The new type of cover is developed to battle minor scratches and defects.


Oppo F9 Pro will officially launch on August 21

Oppo has confirmed the VOOC Flash Charge-equipped F9 Pro will become official on August 21.