Week 35 in review: Pocophone F1 and Xperia XZ3 are here, iPhone event is near

Ivan, 02 September 2018

This week was big in terms of mobile news. The tech world was buzzing with anticipation for the IFA show in Berlin (which is now done, mobile-wise) and there were a few big announcements in store.

Right off the bat Xiaomi launched its Pocophone F1 to the global market and subsequently sold more than 68 thousand units in 5 minutes.

Sony announced its first ever AMOLED smartphone in the Xperia XZ3 and LG unveiled the G7 Fit, G7 One and a Raspberry Rose G7 ThinQ.

Meanwhile, Realme released its second smartphone, aptly named Realme 2 and finally the Huawei Mate 20 Lite went on pre-order in Germany and Poland.

Apple stole some of the IFA thunder when on the eve of the show it announced its September 12 iPhone event. Rumors suggest that Apple will announce three iPhones - a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, an upgraded iPhone X with a 5.8-inch AMOLED display and a full-on 6.5-inch AMOLED flagship iPhone X Plus. A render of Apple's next iPhones surfaced the day the media invite was sent out.

The rest of the hot topics this week include the first official teaser of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, which will have an Oppo Find X-esque slider for the camera. Honor also teased a phone with a slide-out camera module - the Magic 2.

Nokia obtained the Pureview trademark, sparking wild speculation about high-megapixel Nokia phones in the pipeline.

Finally the upcoming three Galaxy S10 are rumored to all feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. Given that none of the current in-display scanner solutions are quite as fast as the regular scanners, it will be interesting to see if this rumor turns out true.

See you next week!

Pocophone F1 teardown: a closer look at the 'LiquidCool' heatpipe and the face scanner

Pocophone F1 teardown: a closer look at the 'LiquidCool' heatpipe and the face scanner

The Poco appears solidly built with many screws holding it together and it looks surprisingly easy to repair.


Xiaomi launches the Pocophone F1 globally

Xiaomi launches the Pocophone F1 globally

The Pocophone goes on sale in Europe and Asia today.


Pocophone F1: a list of all countries where it will be available

Pocophone F1: a list of all countries where it will be available

The Spanish Poco site is offering a €30 coupon that brings the price down to €300. The French site is pricier, however.


Sony Xperia XZ3 unveiled: Big, curved OLED display!

Sony Xperia XZ3 unveiled: Big, curved OLED display!

The latest Xperia flagship brings a rather radical design change to the Sony lineup.


Xiaomi sold at least 68,000 Pocophone F1 units in less than five minutes

Xiaomi sold at least 68,000 Pocophone F1 units in less than five minutes

Although the company hasn't disclosed the exact number, it's somewhere in between 68,965 and 100,000.


Apple iPhone XS and its bigger sibling get pictured in leaked renders

Apple iPhone XS and its bigger sibling get pictured in leaked renders

The use of the iPhone XS name is apparently a certainty at this point.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro get certified on EEC

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro get certified on EEC

The phone might arrive alongside another device called Redmi Note 6 Pro.


LG G7 One and LG G7 Fit announced, the former with Snapdragon 835

LG G7 One and LG G7 Fit announced, the former with Snapdragon 835

LG G7 One and LG G7 Fit will be officially introduced at IFA in Berlin.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 pictured with a Find X-esque camera slider, coming in October

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 pictured with a Find X-esque camera slider, coming in October

The information comes from the company's own president.


Honor teases the Magic 2 with slide-out cameras and FullView display

Honor teases the Magic 2 with slide-out cameras and FullView display

It will also have absurdly fast 40W Magic Charge and Kirin 980 chipset on board.


HMD obtains PureView trademark

HMD obtains PureView trademark

The Nokia manufacturer might bring back another beloved smartphone-related brand.


Cheapest 2018 iPhone may be late, no Apple Pencil support for handsets this year

Cheapest 2018 iPhone may be late, no Apple Pencil support for handsets this year

Three new iPhones are expected to become official next month, more details about them have been outed.


The Pocophone F1 can't stream HD video from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon as it turns out

The Pocophone F1 can't stream HD video from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon as it turns out

It lacks Widevine L1, but that's actually not uncommon for Xiaomi phones.


Insiders: all three Galaxy S10 models to use in-display fingerprint readers

Insiders: all three Galaxy S10 models to use in-display fingerprint readers

However, not all three models will use the same kind of reader - the two more premium models will enjoy better security and reliability.


Official: Apple will show off its 2018 iPhones on September 12

Official: Apple will show off its 2018 iPhones on September 12

Expect three new iPhones - all with a notch and Face ID - a new Apple Watch and new iPad Pros.


Oppo Realme 2 is here with bigger display and battery, dual camera

Oppo Realme 2 is here with bigger display and battery, dual camera

Oppo's second Realme phone stretches out the display and packs more battery for the same price.


Huawei Mate 20 Lite seems official now, goes on sale in Poland and Germany

Huawei Mate 20 Lite seems official now, goes on sale in Poland and Germany

This is as close to an official announcement as it gets - you can now buy the Mate 20 Lite in Europe.



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  • Anonymous

Actually SONY poured too much at marketing. Xiaomi even doen't spent money for market but has earned its reputation by offering the phones with super value of performance to cost. It is age of Internet, market promoting can do less than offering...

  • AA

Not a lot of Sony (Xperia) fans these days. A lot of them were disgusted by the 'Ambient Flow' thicc design since XZ2, and the removal of the headphone jack. They have moved on to other brands. Indeed, it isn't about the specs... it's about valu...

Also, their is more to a phone than its specs

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