Top news of 2018: Q4
Premium prices should come with premium quality. There are always issues with large scales mass production though and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was the latest to experience it – its screen had a green glow seen in the dark. That wasn’t the company’s biggest headache this year, however, as the USA pushed its allies to drop its products.
However, Samsung dominated the field, creating a ton of buzz with the launch of the Galaxy A8s – its first phone with a punch hole camera. The Galaxy S10 trio is set to adopt this design too, even adding a dual selfie cam in a screen hole.
Speaking of multiple cameras, the Galaxy A9 (2018) became the world’s first quad camera phone. The S10 phones will have multiple cameras too – perhaps a triple camera on the top model, though there were rumors of four cams. Foldable phones aside, 5G phones will have a big marketing push behind them (whether there’s any use for them remains to be seen).
While Apple dominates in mobile chipset performance, Snapdragon has been catching up. Early benchmarks of the Snapdragon 855 came close in multi-threaded speed. Other early tests showed an S10+ version with the S855 chipset beat the Kirin 980 in one benchmark and again in AnTuTu.
Google launched the Pixel 3 duo to a mixed reception and HMD’s Nokia 7.1 reveal shored up pure Android positions. The Nokia X7 announcement brought excitement too, though we didn’t yet know it will become the Nokia 8.1 for the western market.
Here’s the list of our most-read news articles for the October-December quarter (in chronological order).
A leaked table lists sensor resolution, pixel size, lens FoV and aperture.
The display is notched and the cameras on the back feature Zeiss optics.
We've got the Redmi Note 6 Pro in our hands so here's what to expect.
Spoiler alert: It takes just 35 minutes to go from 0 to 100%.
Most new features tend to be software ones, running on the faster S845 chip. The retail box includes USB-C Pixel earbuds.
The four cams are standard, ultra-wide, tele and depth sensor. Basically, the A7 with an extra cam, along with a larger screen and battery.
The phone will get official next week alongside the Mate 20.
Pre-orders in China open today, shipping is next week. The price is much lower than we expected yesterday.
The phone screen has 93.4% screen-to-body ratio with practically non-existent bezels.
Samsung's plans for 2019 have been detailed in a new report quoting a company insider.
Apple and Huawei already released their 7nm chipsets, Qualcomm's chip isn't quite official yet.
We've got model numbers, the marketing name and possible availability info.
Users call it #gluegate and the response isn't exactly satisfactory.
The under-display fingerprint sensor is more than usable and the camera improvements are impressive but it just doesn't feel like a big upgrade.
The One UI has been developed with the help from Google and Android developers to make the most out of the flexible display.
At its developer conference the company teased three different notch types that it will use in the near future.
New patent filing shows a possibly realized Samsung Galaxy S10.
The flat-screened S10 will reportedly stick with glass for the back, which has a positive side - the ceramic will be available in only two colors.
It already asked Germany, Italy, Japan and others.
The Exynos 9820 chipset beats the Kirin 980 but falls short of the Snapdragon 8150.
The S10+ is shown with a dual selfie cam inside a screen hole, a triple camera and a 3.5mm jack. There's also a dubious unboxing video of it.
The selfie camera will take a big bite out of the top right corner of the S10+ screen.
The S10+ is expected to have four cameras. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 855 beats both Exynos 9820 and Kirin 980 in early benchmark.
A case maker's take on the Galaxy S10 lineup with punch holes for the selfie cameras in the middle.
It also has a triple-lens camera with telephoto.
One thing I don't understand is the SDM8150. The SD845 was called SDM845. And the 855 is called 8150. What?
- 01 Jan 2019
God, I'm so excited for 2019.
- 01 Jan 2019