Week 27 in review: It's raining phones as Galaxy Note10 gets a launch date

Yordan, 08 July 2019

The second half of the year started with a bang, with plenty of manufacturers announcing new devices. Xiaomi introduced its Mi CC series, vivo had something for Generation Z in India and gamers on a tighter budget in China. The biggest announcement, however, was about the Samsung Galaxy Note10 - it will arrive on August 7.

While some companies are doing launches and others are preparing for them, Sony and Apple are keeping it silent, so the rumors have to speak in their voice. The upcoming 2019 iPhones have leaked in CAD renders, while an alleged new Xperia flagship is on its way, likely with its three cameras on one side.

Samsung appeared in the news cycle for two more reasons - the Galaxy A80 with an unusual camera mechanism is finally on sale and the mobile division CEO DJ Koh talked how he pushed the Galaxy Fold before the device was actually ready. Reports are the redesign is now complete and the new and improved Fold should be coming to us soon.

Phones might be the essence of our day, but we were giddy for one more reason - our official GSMArena app is finally out of its Beta stage and the Stable version can be found on Google Play. We listened and added the most desired features, but you can still report any issues and bugs you find.

We would’ve loved to say Huawei can finally breathe a sigh of relief after being taken as a hostage in the negotiations between the United States and China, but in the current political landscape in the US every decision can be reverted in a whim.

We are still on the edge of our seats whether the Chinese manufacturer will be allowed to continue working with US companies and if this is going to cause a ripple effect through the whole smartphone business.

2019 iPhone family's CAD renders surface

2019 iPhone family's CAD renders surface

With the square camera bumps and all.


It's official: Samsung Galaxy Note10 announcement set for August 7

It's official: Samsung Galaxy Note10 announcement set for August 7

The launch event will be held in New York and will start at 4 pm ET.


Sony is preparing an Xperia 2 right in time for IFA 2019

Sony is preparing an Xperia 2 right in time for IFA 2019

Two phones with new model numbers are popping up, one of them might have 5G.


Samsung Galaxy A80 goes on sale

Samsung Galaxy A80 goes on sale

Yours in Europe for €649 and in three colors.


Redmi K20 Pro Avengers Limited Edition unveiled

Redmi K20 Pro Avengers Limited Edition unveiled

Unlike the regular version, this limited edition flaunts a non-gradient back.


vivo Z1 Pro debuts with Snapdragon 712, 32MP selfie cam and 5,000 mAh battery

vivo Z1 Pro debuts with Snapdragon 712, 32MP selfie cam and 5,000 mAh battery

vivo's Gen-Z focused phone will be available in India starting next week.


Samsung Galaxy Fold redesign is complete and ready for a relaunch

Samsung Galaxy Fold redesign is complete and ready for a relaunch

The screen and the hinge are improved, Samsung will start shipping components to its factory very soon.


vivo iQOO Neo arrives with Snapdragon 845 and a huge battery

vivo iQOO Neo arrives with Snapdragon 845 and a huge battery

The smaller brother of the vivo iQOO has multiple software boosters for proper gaming.


Xiaomi Mi 9 SE in for review

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE in for review

Lighter and smaller than the Mi 9, this phone is finally with us.


Huawei waiting on official go-ahead to resume using Android

Huawei waiting on official go-ahead to resume using Android

President Trump has made comments suggesting that the ban is coming to an end, but the US Department of Commerce hasn't given a final ruling yet.


GSMArena app leaves beta, gains new features

GSMArena app leaves beta, gains new features

We've added Dark Mode and Data saver. And squashed all the bugs you helped us find, of course.


Samsung Galaxy A50 gets a respectable camera score in DxOMark testing

Samsung Galaxy A50 gets a respectable camera score in DxOMark testing

It outdid even a few older flagship phones.


Lenovo Z6 goes official with Snapdragon 730 SoC and a triple camera

Lenovo Z6 goes official with Snapdragon 730 SoC and a triple camera

A 6.39" FHD+ OLED display and a 4,000 mAh battery make up for a compelling package.


Samsung CEO embarrassed by the Galaxy Fold fiasco, he

Samsung CEO embarrassed by the Galaxy Fold fiasco, he "pushed it through before it was ready"

The company is testing more than 2,000 prototypes at the moment to ensure there aren't going to be any more issues.


The Samsung Galaxy Note10 will have a 3D ToF sensor or two

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 will have a 3D ToF sensor or two

A Samsung partner is building a new plant to increase its production capacity for lenses for 3D ToF modules.


Japan's restricted export  of key chemicals to South Korea might be a blow to Samsung, LG

Japan's restricted export of key chemicals to South Korea might be a blow to Samsung, LG

The chemicals are used in the production of displays and semiconductors. This restriction can affect Samsung and LG.


Samsung preparing to lay off 1,000 employees in India [Updated]: Samsung's official response

Samsung preparing to lay off 1,000 employees in India [Updated]: Samsung's official response

The measure is part off a cost-cutting strategy that Samsung hopes will help turn around profits in the long run.


Half of the Americans can't identify their phone model, a third believe it's 5G-capable

Half of the Americans can't identify their phone model, a third believe it's 5G-capable

Just 44% of iPhone XR users know what their phone model is while over 70% of Galaxy S9+ users guessed correctly.


Huawei remains unimpressed with softened ban

Huawei remains unimpressed with softened ban

The company adjusts to an era of American hostility and would continue to “focus on doing their job right”.


Top 10 trending phones of week 26

Top 10 trending phones of week 26

Samsung and Xiaomi are still the dominant forces on the chart.


Sony Xperia J8010

Sony Xperia J8010 "Sphinx" gets closer to launch, international firmware spotted

"Sphinx" will be joined by the J8210 "Horus". Both are expected to have a 5G modem.


Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB/64GB variant launched in India

Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB/64GB variant launched in India

It will be available through Mi.com and Flipkart.


Samsung Galaxy S10 series outsells the S9 generation, S10+ is the most popular model

Samsung Galaxy S10 series outsells the S9 generation, S10+ is the most popular model

And this doesn't even include the Galaxy S10 5G, sold 1 million units in South Korea alone.



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