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Week 7 in review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 duo goes official

Week 7 was dominated by a pair of smartphones – the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, with last minute leaks and coverage of the announcement dominating our best read story list.

We also got a bunch of leaks as is typical for this part of the year. The Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 9 proved more popular than the Galaxy S9, while the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s also gained a lot of interest.

It wasn’t all unofficial stuff either – Samsung released a bunch of teaser videos for its upcoming flagship pair and sent some of its official accessories to its retail partners.

In other news the Galaxy S8 got its Oreo update rollout halted due to a newly discovered issue that needs patching before the seeding continues.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro specs leak in full

Redmi Note 5 is the Redmi 5 Plus; Redmi Note 5 Pro is coming with SD636 and iPhone X-like dual camera.


Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro

18:9 displays and 4000mAh battery are common features but the Pro gets a dual rear camera and the new Snapdragon 636.


Check out the first Redmi Note 5 Pro camera samples

First photos, taken right after the announcement in New Delhi.


First Nokia 7 Plus live image leaks

The photo reveals the tall 18:9 screen with rounded corners and 2.5D glass.


First live photo of Redmi Note 5 Pro reveals iPhone X-like camera

The picture arrives hours after the specs leaked and just a day before the official announcement in India.


Nokia 9 spotted in the wild

Someone was out and about, testing its dual camera.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S to come with Sony IMX363, firmware confirms

Other confirmed specs include Snapdragon 845, 6 tall screen and 3,400 mAh battery.


Official Galaxy S9 promo videos tease slow-mo camera, 3D emojis

Each 15 second video teases a headlining feature of the upcoming Galaxy S9 flagships.


Here's why Samsung stopped the Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+

There was a bug that went unnoticed during the beta testing.


Deals: 50% off on both Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2 XL

The Pixel 2 XL deal ends today, while the Galaxy S8 promo runs through March 29.


Samsung Galaxy S9 with Exynos 9810 arrives on Geekbench

The phone posts the amazing 3648 for single-core score and 8894 multi-core result.


Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 1 official images leak

Nokia 7 Plus will be on the Android One program, while the Nokia 1 will most likely have a removable back panel.


LG's next flagship arrives in June with Snapdragon 845, 6.1

It will not be called G7, and right now it’s only known by its codename: Judy.


Xiaomi launches 55

The 55″ TV is 4.9 mm thin and costs INR39,999 (503/$623).


Leak reveals Android 8.1-powered Sony Xperia XZ2 Pro with 18:9 display

As per the leak, the handset carries a model number of H8116.


Alleged Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s handled on video - uses iPhone X-style gestures, of course

Unfortunately, the video doesn’t show the top right corner notch where the front camera should be.


Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Snapdragon 845 hits AnTuTu with 6GB of RAM

The Exynos 9810 version that we saw on Geekbench yesterday had 4GB of RAM.


CIA, NSA, FBI chiefs warn against buying Huawei and ZTE phones

“Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide,” counters a Huawei spokesperson.


More specs of Moto G6 family surface: chipset, battery and price

The Moto G6 Plus model will upgrade to a Snapdragon 630 chipset, but the Play will have the biggest battery.


Moto G6 family confirmed to have 18:9 screens, G6 Play's chipset leaks

Two other upcoming Moto devices got Wi-Fi certified, with their SoCs revealed.


Samsung teases reimagined camera on the Galaxy S9

Samsung has a reimagined the way it makes cameras, for the Galaxy S9.


Huawei P20 Plus to come with 4,000mAh battery, always on display

The info was found hidden in firmware files, suggests an OLED display for the upcoming large-sized Huawei flagship.


Dual-curved Meizu 15 Plus pictured with some screen protectors

Another round of renders of the oft-leaked phone confirms the minimal bezels design.


After Oreo update, no Sony Xperia phone will have 'night mode' option

The company effectively confirmed this while replying to a user-query on Twitter.


Samsung has apparently halted the rollout of the Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+

It only got started less than a week ago, and only managed to reach a few markets.


Qualcomm may follow up its 7nm modem with a 7nm chipset: the Snapdragon 855

The company did not say whether it’s TSMC or Samsung that is fabbing the 7nm modems.


Official Galaxy S9 cases now available, including a cloth Clear View case

The cloth is different from the Hyperknit case from last week.