It was a fascinating week with many interesting stories to talk about. Stories about the conventional – Galaxy S10 and Sony Xperia XZ4 leaks, Lenovo Z5 Pro GT on AnTuTu – and stories about concept phones without buttons and foldable phones.
The most popular stories of the week revolved around the trio of Galaxy S10 smartphones. We saw a blurry live pic of the Galaxy S10+, then a better-looking image of the Galaxy S10 showing a crypto wallet and finally revealing, high-quality Galaxy S10 and S10+ photos that left little to the imagination.
The last batch of high-quality images of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ reveal the triple cameras as well as the 3.5mm headphone jack (yay, still alive).
Xiaomi made waves with video of the company’s co-founder playing around with its first foldable phone. The prototype looks truly amazing and we do hope to see it at the MWC next month even if chances for that are slim.
The Sony Xperia XZ4 made its weekly appearance, this time in the form of images of its extra-tall homescreen. The Xperia XZ4 will feature Sony’s Side Sense which allows you to double tap the side of the phone to bring out a list of AI-curated app shortcuts. Perhaps 21:9 is too tall but it may also be a stroke of genius – we’re eager to see it in person and find out.
Meizu and vivo unveiled phones with no buttons and a seamless design. Meizu’s Zero and vivo’s Apex 2019 concept phones don’t even have USB ports, they lack physical buttons or any other openings on their bodies.
Speaking of concept phones, we saw schematics of Motorola’s revival of the V3 legend – the RAZR 2019 will be a foldable and flexible device with two cameras and a second screen on the outside.
Moving away from rumors and leaks we have Apple’s short film “The Bucket”, made for the Chinese New Year, and shot entirely on the iPhone XS. It sparked a debate here at HQ as to whether Apple really shot it entirely on the iPhone or used third party cameras.
In another video we saw the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 being used and abused, and even survived.
Finally, DxO started testing selfie cameras this week and already put 10 phones through its new gauntlet. The Google Pixel 3 has the best selfie camera for photos, the Galaxy Note9 the best for video.
See you next week!
The 3.5mm audio jack is here to stay.
Meizu announces the first phone with no ports or buttons.
It looks like the XZ4 will feature Sony’s Side Sense and will use Android 9 Pie’s navigation gestures by default.
The video shows more of the unannounced device in action.
The Apex 2019 is a 5G, Snapdragon 855-powered device with next-gen in-display fingerprint tech.
A report on Italian prices lines up with the leaked British prices from December.
The phone will have a huge 5,000mAh battery, which (according to the reviewer) is slow to drain and quick to charge.
Thanks to images from a patent filing, we get our first look at the foldable RAZR 2019.
That sounds about right for the S10 Lite, but the Galaxy S10 and S10+ were supposed to have larger batteries.
Huawei will move away from wide notches (and 3D face scanning) and embrace the in-display fingerprint reader.
The company also unveiled the Tiangang core chip for 5G base stations, which can be deployed twice as fast as old 4G stations.
Its hole-in-screen design will be oval to accommodate the two snappers.
It beats even the venerable Apple A12 chipset inside the iPhone XS and the latest Kirin and Exynos chipsets.
It’s a moving short film about a mother’s love and missing home.
The phone has been performing various stunts to prove how tough it is. The first one stars the Redmi CEO.
DxOMark will finally test the selfie cameras on phones, already has evaluated 13 phones.
Samsungs upcoming flagship might feature a cryptocurrency wallet.