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Week 49 in review: Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus, and Huawei Nova 2s announced

December is not typically a month that sees plenty of new smartphone announcements, but this week brought plenty of debuts.

Xiaomi a couple of 18:9 entry level smartphones – the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus, which bring impressive hardware for their respective price points. Huawei had the Nova 2s mid-ranger to show, while LG brought an even more premium version of its V30 flagship, dubbed Signature Edition.

Qualcomm held an event of its own, detailing the chipset that will likely power the H1 2018 flagship – Snapdragon 845.

Meanwhile, a leak gave us a look at the upcoming Sony bezelless flagship. The Japanese company is the only major player yet to jump on the tall screen bandwagon, but it can’t be long now.

Check out our most popular stories from the past week to make sure you haven’t missed anything important.

Upcoming fullscreen Xperia smartphones leak in images

If true, possibly the biggest design overhaul in recent Xperia history.


Xiaomi announces the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus with 18:9 screens

Prices range from $120 for the 2GB/16GB Redmi 5 to $200 for the 4GB/64GB Redmi 5 Plus.


Xiaomi Mi Note 3 gets a high score by DxOMark

The Mi Note 3 achieved the great 94 points for its photos and the decent 82 for its videos.


Huawei Honor 7X hands-on

Honor announced two smartphones headed to Europe and the US with pre-orders open now.


Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 845, Xiaomi Mi 7 will have it

The chipset company also introduced laptops, running both Windows 10 and ARM-based processor.


Huawei Nova 2s arrives with Android Oreo

The phone has Kirin 960 chipset and a 16MP+20MP dual-cam setup.


Qualcomm reveals full specs of Snapdragon 845, comes with AI Platform

It comes with AI Platform and Kryo 385 CPU cores, clocked at up to 2.8 GHz.


Consumer Report: iPhone X has a great camera, but final score is below Galaxy S8

The phone is fragile and the battery isn’t great, which hurt its standing.


LG announces classy V30 Signature Edition in Korea

LG is making just 300 of those and buyers can have their name inscribed on the back.


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) will actually be called A8 (2018), Bluetooth filing reveals

It looks like we’re getting the A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) instead of A5 (2018) and A7 (2018).


Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus pricing appears on Aliexpress

The Redmi 5 appears to cost $199, while the Plus variant is $249.


Current Nokia phones will not support Project Treble

Even though they are getting Oreo, Treble is not part of the deal.


Galaxy S9 'unlikely' to be showcased at CES 2018, Samsung says

New rumors say that the device won’t feature an in-display fingerprint scanner.


LG G7 might come with an advanced iris scanner

The phone will unlock certain apps only when a specific person looks at the icons.


OnePlus explains why it opted against having Project Treble on current devices

The company says implementing Project Treble on current devices through an OTA update comes with risk of bricking the units.


Apple wins a trademark lawsuit against Xiaomi in Europe

The EU General Court ruled that people might mistake the Mi Pad with the iPad.


Huawei P11 rumored to have three cameras on the back for 40MP snaps

A 24MP selfie camera is apparently in tow as well.


Nvidia announces Titan V, a $3000 graphics card based on Volta

Designed for AI, deep learning and high performance computing applications.


Android Go renamed to Android Oreo (Go Edition), is finally ready to roll out

Will be released alongside Android 8.1 on December 6.


Apple to launch an LCD iPhone with a metal case in 2018

It will be one of three new devices, the other coming with OLED panels.


Xiaomi is looking for Mi A1 Android 8.0 Oreo update beta testers

You have until December 11 to sign up if you’re interested.


Suppliers of iPhone X components report lowering orders

They predict a sharp drop in iPhone shipments in March.


Huawei P11 might also have a notch

Firmware files suggest the display might have rounded corners like the iPhone X and Essential PH-1.


Google launches Google Go in India and Indonesia

Also announces Google Assistant for JioPhone.


Kantar: Huawei leads the Chinese market, and Samsung nowhere to be seen

Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple, vivo, and Oppo account for 91% of the market, Samsung sits at just 2.2%.