Week 36 in review: IFA week brings a myriad of announcements

Ivan, 08 September 2019

Welcome to your personal recap of a very, very busy week in the world of tech. This week saw the IFA trade show's biggest announcements - while the show technically started on September 6, a number of smartphone announcements happened on the days before that.

Here's a list of the many announcements of the week, which include the Kirin 990, vivo Z1x, LG G8X ThinQ, Moto E6 Plus and One Zoom, Nokia 7.2 and 6.2, Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus, and many many more. We'll be focusing on the biggest announcements in the paragraphs to follow.

Samsung announced the Galaxy A90 5G and officially relaunched the Galaxy Fold. Interestingly, the company cancelled all the previous pre-orders it had for the Galaxy Fold but compensated eager early adopters with store credit.

A final note on Samsung - it's much-anticipated Galaxy M30s and its 6,000mAh battery will go official on September 18.

Sony announced the Xperia 5 - a 6.1-inch FHD+ compact variant of the Xperia 1 - it will begin pre-orders next week and is expected to start shipping in October.

Nokia unveiled two smartphones and a bunch of feature phones. The Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 bring HDR10 displays, triple cameras, recognizable Nokia resign and Android One software. The Nokia 7.2 will go on sale at the end of September, priced at €300, while the Nokia 6.2 comes out in October, starting at €200.

Android 10 came out this week. Google's Pixel 3 was the first to get it but was joined almost immediately by the likes of the Redmi K20 Pro and Essential Phone.

We had our first real good look at the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, thanks to official-looking press renders. Huawei confrimed that it will unveil its Mate 30 lineup on September 19 in Munich.

Huwei also made its Kirin 990 chipset official with an integrated 5G modem and added two new colors to the Huawei P30 Pro - Misty Lavender and Mystic Blue.

LG made its G8X ThinQ official. It adds a bigger display with an in-display fingerprint scanner, new 32MP selfie camera and larger 4,000mAh battery to the existing G8. It also comes with an updated Dual Screen accessory.

Be sure and check out our detailed wrap up of the IFA trade show, as well as our various hands-on articles from the show.

See you in a week!

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G goes official: Snapdragon 855 SoC, 48MP camera, 6.7

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G goes official: Snapdragon 855 SoC, 48MP camera, 6.7" display

It will arrive in South Korea tomorrow, with availability expanding to other markets at a later date.


Sony Xperia 5 is official as the compact variant of the Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 5 is official as the compact variant of the Xperia 1

The phone has a few differences from its bigger brother, most of them size-related.


Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 unveiled with triple cameras, 6.3

Nokia 7.2 and 6.2 unveiled with triple cameras, 6.3" HDR10 screens

The Nokia 7.2 is like a Pro version of the 6.2 as it has a 48MP camera and a faster chipset.


Here's our best look yet at the Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Here's our best look yet at the Huawei Mate 30 Pro

It will come with seven cameras - three on the front and four at the back.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 details leak, launch expected on September 24

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 details leak, launch expected on September 24

It's rumored to come with Samsung's brand new 108MP sensor.


Samsung Galaxy M30s coming September 18 with massive 6,000 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy M30s coming September 18 with massive 6,000 mAh battery

The device will be an Amazon India exclusive.


Huawei Mate 30 is arriving for real on September 19

Huawei Mate 30 is arriving for real on September 19

The company is going “full circle” in Munich, Germany.


Samsung officially relaunches the Galaxy Fold with improved design and construction

Samsung officially relaunches the Galaxy Fold with improved design and construction

It will arrive in South Korea on September 6, followed by France, Germany, Singapore, the UK, and the US.


Galaxy M30s hands-on video published early, shows an extra camera sensor

Galaxy M30s hands-on video published early, shows an extra camera sensor

It could be Laser AF. The phone also promises a new chipset and a larger battery (6,000mAh) compared to the vanilla Galaxy M30.


Four Xiaomi phones will use Samsung's 108 MP camera in the near future

Four Xiaomi phones will use Samsung's 108 MP camera in the near future

So far only the Mi Mix 4 was rumored to employ the mammoth sensor, but the Chinese company is really going all in.


Analysts: Apple will release a low-cost iPhone SE successor in 2020

Analysts: Apple will release a low-cost iPhone SE successor in 2020

The return of the SE has been predicted many times before - but this is the first time in history that iPhone sales are in a decline.


OnePlus 7T with Android 10 stops by Geekbench

OnePlus 7T with Android 10 stops by Geekbench

The single-core score of the smartphone is way better than any existing OnePlus, multiple cores - not so much.


Motorola One Zoom unveiled with 48MP and 3x tele camera, 6.4

Motorola One Zoom unveiled with 48MP and 3x tele camera, 6.4" OLED screen

It's like a Moto Z4 with extra cameras, including an ultra wide and a depth sensor. The One Zoom is an Android One phone.


Samsung cancels all Galaxy Fold pre-orders in the US ahead of re-release

Samsung cancels all Galaxy Fold pre-orders in the US ahead of re-release

It's a baffling move that comes on the day that the company has re-introduced the foldable smartphone.


Facebook Dating is official, launching in 20 countries

Facebook Dating is official, launching in 20 countries

None of them are European - the Old Continent has to wait until “early 2020”.


Nokia 800 Tough and 2720 Flip put KaiOS in a rugged and a clamshell body respectively

Nokia 800 Tough and 2720 Flip put KaiOS in a rugged and a clamshell body respectively

The 800 Tough is IP68 rated and MIL-STD-810G certified. Both it and the 2720 Flip feature Google Maps and Assistant, WhatsApp and Facebook.


Huawei P30 Pro is getting two new colors too - Misty Lavender and Mystic Blue

Huawei P30 Pro is getting two new colors too - Misty Lavender and Mystic Blue

Last week, we saw the two new colors options for the smaller Huawei P30. 


Google Pixel 4 90Hz display confirmed through Android 10 source code

Google Pixel 4 90Hz display confirmed through Android 10 source code

At this point it's pretty much a given that the company's upcoming flagships will have the faster refresh rate.


Kirin 990 unveiled, built on the 7nm+ process and features integrated 5G modem

Kirin 990 unveiled, built on the 7nm+ process and features integrated 5G modem

The new Kirin 990 is more powerful and more efficient than the competition.


vivo Z1x goes official with Snapdragon 712 SoC and 48MP camera

vivo Z1x goes official with Snapdragon 712 SoC and 48MP camera

It comes with a 6.38" FHD+ Super AMOLED display, 32MP selfie camera, and a 4,500 mAh battery.


The LG G8X ThinQ brings a 32MP selfie cam, updated DualScreen

The LG G8X ThinQ brings a 32MP selfie cam, updated DualScreen

The phone may be missing a telephoto, but has most other markings of a high-end device.


Moto E6 Plus gets official too with 6.1-inch display, Helio P22 chipset

Moto E6 Plus gets official too with 6.1-inch display, Helio P22 chipset

Motorola's most affordable smartphone line is refreshed as well.


Realme Q announced in China starting at 998Yuan (USD140)

Realme Q announced in China starting at 998Yuan (USD140)

It's just a rebranded Realme 5 Pro after all.



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