Week 42 in review: Xiaomi Mi Note 2 leaks, new Nokia phones on the way

News broke out this week that new Nokia-branded phones (smart or otherwise) are to be expected by the end of the year, plus others in Q2 2017. As usual with Nokia-related stuff, this was easily among the most captivating stories this week – talk about a loyal following.

We’re all expecting the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 next week – the date is set for October 25, and the mix of rumors and teasers is painting a pretty intriguing replacement of the prematurely scrapped Galaxy Note7. Speaking of, an iPhone 7 caught fire as well, what’s happening with those batteries?

LG launched a smaller water-resistant version of the V20 (or a better-looking version of the G5) – basically what the G5 should have been in the first place. The caveat – it’s exclusive to Japan.

Trying to strike a chord with your nostalgia, the Kodak Ektra is a retro-looking cameraphone for 450 arriving in December. Then there’s the Galaxy On Nxt and Honor 6X, both announced this week.

For more on these, plus other top stories from this week, make sure to click through the links below.

Microsoft exec confirms new Nokia phones incoming

Starting with a couple of feature phones this year and new smartphones in early Q2 next year.

iPhone 7 goes up in flames, sets fire to vehicle in Australia

Apple iPhone 7 burns in a car in Australia.

Bezels not welcome: Xiaomi Mi Note 2 coming October 25

Spy shots show the screen is bordered by the thinnest bezels possible. Here’s hoping.

Leaked Xiaomi Mi Note 2 slides: 5.7

Leaked presentation slides show the Mi Note 2 will cost closer to $400 than the $800 earlier rumors insinuated.

New purported Xiaomi Mi Note 2 renders leak alongside rumored base price

This is still likely to become the most expensive Xiaomi handset ever.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 allegedly photographed: one camera, curved screen

So much for the bezel-less design and dual-camera setup… unless this rumor also proves to be false.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 rumored to cost as much as $845

According to a new rumor out of China, this might be the most expensive Xiaomi phone ever.

Google Pixel XL review roundup

You may have noticed, there is a bunch of Google Pixel phone reviews flying in every direction. If you have been wondering why every tech website out there has one today, the reason is that Googles …

Googles stock price soars to highest price ever, soon after first wave of Pixel reviews

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have been getting positive reviews so far, and parent company, Alphabet’s stock value is a clear reflection of that.

Japan-exclusive LG V34 is a 5.2

Despite the smaller size, the V34 keeps the second screen, dual-cameras, quad-DACs and everything else that makes the V20 awesome.

Kodak Ektra: an Android-powered rebirth of a camera legend

A 21MP main camera with OIS and a 13MP selfie cam bring the Ektra name from the 1940s into the digital world. Nostalgia aplenty.

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt now official: 5.5-inch FullHD display, 3,300mAh battery

Priced at INR 18,490 ($275) in India, the smartphone comes with a couple of f/1.9 cameras front and back, fingerprint sensor too.

Honor 6X with dual camera announced

Gionee P7 Max launched in India

Kirin 960 chipset announced: much faster GPU, better power use

Moving to an 8-core Mali-G71 represents a huge jump in performance over the Kirin 955.

Motorola starts soak testing Moto G4 Plus Nougat update

The test is currently being carried out in Brazil, and the update weighs in at 953MB.

Galaxy S8 to have dual camera, iris scanner to support parts suppliers

The added components will increase the revenue of parts suppliers that are missing out due to the Note7 cancellation.

Report estimates 5-7 million Samsung users to switch to iPhone 7 following Note7 discontinuation

KGI believes Apple and Huawei will be taking the most Samsung customers.

Nokia CEO to speak at MWC 2017 keynote

Chances of new phone: low.

Chrome Canary is now available on Android

On Android, you go with Chrome if you want your web browser to be stable, Chrome Beta if you don’t mind some possible bugs, and Chrome Dev if you have to have an unstable version at your disposal. Unt…

Moto Z Play now on sale from Moto Maker

Motorola’s online store, Moto Maker now carries the Moto Z Play.

Upcoming BlackBerry Mercury with physical keyboard possibly spotted in a benchmark

A leak from this summer said this model would launch in the first quarter of next year.