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Week 50 in review: Samsung Galaxy A8s, vivo NEX Dual Display go official

The year might be ending, but the smartphone releases aren’t stopping. This week we finally saw the Samsung Galaxy A8s go official with a hole in the screen for the camera.

Samsung is likely testing the waters before trying the design alongside the Exynos 9820 chipset and calling it the Galaxy S10.

Honor is also in the game – we got to see the View 20 in person even if the actual launch is taking place after Christmas, with a global event scheduled for late January.

OnePlus 6T joined the company of devices with even faster charging technology after it introduced Warp Charge 30 with the McLaren Limited Edition that also has 10 GB RAM.

The vivo NEX Dual Display Edition was the most high profile launch of the week with a unique dual screen design and super cool Lunar ring around its back.

Apple and Qualcomm continued their legal battles – this time the playground is China and the focus is on the iPhone. The chipset company managed to block sales for a short time, but Cupertino is already answering with a software update that will stop the patent infringement.

Huawei nova 4 is expected to arrive a week ahead of Christmas with a hole for the selfie camera and 48 MP snapper on at least some of its versions.

Samsung Galaxy A8s is official with an Infinity-O display with punch hole camera

It also has a triple-lens camera with telephoto.


Honor View 20 teased with an in-screen camera and a 48MP camera

It will have Honor’s Link Turbo technology for simultaneous Wi-Fi + 4G use. A Chinese version named Honor V20 will be released later this month while the international launch will take place in Januar…


First camera samples by the 48MP camera of the Honor View 20


British Samsung Galaxy S10 prices leak, Lite will be cheaper than the Galaxy S9

Things look even better when you consider that the base storage will be upped to 128GB. There’s also talk of the S10 wirelessly charging other devices.


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition brings 30W Warp Charge, 10GB of RAM

OnePlus and McLaren team up to bring a Papaya Orange-flavored powerhouse.


Sony's 38MP IMX607 sensor specs leak, could end up in the Huawei P30 Pro

It uses Dual Bayer technology with White HDR Coding Array and Quad Pixel Phase Detection Auto Focus.


Olixar cases reveal Galaxy S10 Plus with four cameras on the back and two on the front

The Galaxy S10 Lite and regular Galaxy S10 will stick to one selfie snapper and three on the back.


Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite concept render shows even bezels, no chin

Many phones with notches and ones with punch hole cameras have chins, which makes them asymmetrical.


vivo NEX Dual Display Edition arrives with 2x AMOLEDs and three cameras

And an in-display fingerprint too.


Honor View 20 in a retail box appears in the wild

The upcoming phone yielded the best results among Kirin 980-powered devices.


Nokia 8.1 launched in India, goes on sale December 21

Up for pre-order starting today.


China bans local sales of iPhone X, 8 and older for violating two Qualcomm patents

Apple claims that all iPhone models remain available in China and that phones with iOS 12 don’t violate the patents, anyway.


New Xiaomi Play smartphone is arriving on December 24

The device will likely be aimed at a younger audience with its gaming capabilities.


Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL 3D renders are here

These devices will arrive with audio jack and plastic back, and no notch for the XL.


Samsung to supply the 2019 iPhone XS Max with cheaper OLED panels

But they are also lighter and thinner.


Huawei nova 4 arrives at TENAA with a triple camera, including a 48MP sensor

Likely the same IMX586 sensor as the Honor View 20, but this time it has brought friends. The front of the nova 4 also has a punch hole selfie camera.


Qualcomm: iPhone ban in China not tied to OS version, takes effect immediately

Apple is appealing the decision and continues to offer the affected models – X, 8 and older – through its website.


Huawei P30 Pro to come with a notch and curved display

Because Samsung keeps its Infinity-O panels for itself.


Pocophone F1 gets a price cut in India

The new price tag is now INR19,999, which is equal to $280/245 for the 6/64 GB variant.


Samsung Galaxy M20 has dual cameras and it's made of metal

3.5mm audio jack confirmed.


Xiaomi's 48 MP phone might be a Redmi with a hole in the display for the selfie cam

Despite what previous rumors said, it’s likely not to be the Mi 9.


Pocophone F1 receiving stable Android 9.0 Pie in India

Squashes some bugs and brings some new.


Honor introduces View 20 front design and colors in official teasers

The device will launch on December 26 in China as Honor V20.


Not every Huawei nova 4 will have a 48MP sensor, leaked slide with specs reveals

Also, the expectations for a Kirin 980 chipset may not pan out – the slide says 970.


Samsung Galaxy S8 gets new update, keeps the same November security patch

The 2017 flagship is still on Oreo, no Android Pie-based One UI in sight.


Asus unveils Zenfone Max M2 and Max Pro M2 in Indonesia and India

They run stock Android on Snapdragon 600-series chipsets and have 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh batteries, respectively.


Warp Charge VS other fast charging standards - the 30 minute charge test

We take a closer look at the 30 minute charging test. Which standard is the fastest?