Week 36 in review: Xiaomi Mi A1 steals the spotlight

10 September 2017

The Xiaomi Mi A1 announcement was certainly the event of this week - its specs page topped our trending chart, while its debut story was the most read of the week. We also got to see an iPhone 8 dummy sized up against its predecessors, giving us an even better idea of what Apple’s next big thing will look like.

Xizomi isn’t done for the season either - it’s Mi Mix 2 bezelless flagship is coming next week and it will be joined by a Mi Note 3. Rumors about those have been coming left and right and there are was no shortage of official teasers either.

Lenovo and vivo had announcements of their own, showing the K8 duo and the V7+, respectively. Huawei’s Mate 10 phablet is still more than a month away but we got a look at that one too, while the Nokia 8 is already starting to make its way to store shelves across the globe.

Xiaomi Mi A1 is official with stock Android

Xiaomi Mi A1 is official with stock Android

The phone is the latest Android One device with the same hardware specs as the Xiaomi Mi 5X.


Huawei overtakes Apple to become world's second-largest smartphone company

Huawei overtakes Apple to become world's second-largest smartphone company

The Chinese firm achieved the feat consistently for the month of June and July.


Lenovo announces K8 and K8 Plus

Lenovo announces K8 and K8 Plus

The K8 Plus is the cheapest Lenovo phone to have dual cameras.


Samsung Galaxy C8 goes official in China with three cameras

Samsung Galaxy C8 goes official in China with three cameras

It has a 16MP selfie camera with an LED flash.


vivo V7+ is official with FullView display

vivo V7+ is official with FullView display

A 24MP front-facing camera and slots for two SIMs and a microSD card.


Samsung patents bezel-less design with a cutout for the selfie camera

Samsung patents bezel-less design with a cutout for the selfie camera

A design that has gotten quite popular lately. But will we see it on the Galaxy S9?


Xiaomi CEO says Mi Mix 2 has entered mass production, shares retail box photos

Xiaomi CEO says Mi Mix 2 has entered mass production, shares retail box photos

Xiaomi spent 6 months communicating with Google to enable a wider aspect ratio and rounded corners for the screen.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 leaked renders show inexistent bezels while Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 835 is in

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 leaked renders show inexistent bezels while Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 835 is in

The Mi Mix 2 will be officially unveiled on September 11, and it looks to be as revolutionary as its predecessor.


Parts for iPhone 8 shipping in limited quantities, prices will be high

Parts for iPhone 8 shipping in limited quantities, prices will be high

Apple was allegedly busy tinkering with the design as late as last week.


Affordable Honor V9 Play launches alongside even cheaper Honor 6 Play

Affordable Honor V9 Play launches alongside even cheaper Honor 6 Play

Both devices will be available in China shortly.


Huawei Mate 10 shown off in leaked renders, video

Huawei Mate 10 shown off in leaked renders, video

We're starting to see more and more of it ahead of the officially confirmed October 16 announcement.


Oppo A71 quietly launched with octa-core CPU, 13MP camera

Oppo A71 quietly launched with octa-core CPU, 13MP camera

The handset is powered by Mediatek's MT6750 SoC and sports a 5.2-inch HD display.


Watch the first Xiaomi Mi A1 promo video

Watch the first Xiaomi Mi A1 promo video

The 60-second clip emphasizes on the dual camera, the stock Android and the simplicity of the phone’s design.


Essential Phone is essentially impossible to repair

Essential Phone is essentially impossible to repair

The much anticipated smartphone has been torn down, revealing a very bad repairability score.


vivo X20 with

vivo X20 with "full screen" display leaks in live images

The phone has already been certified for sale in China, so it should be arriving soon.


Motorola Moto XT1799-2 appears on TENAA with 4GB RAM and Android Nougat

Motorola Moto XT1799-2 appears on TENAA with 4GB RAM and Android Nougat

The device sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display, and features 8MP/8MP camera combo.


Xiaomi to unveil one more device alongside Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi to unveil one more device alongside Mi Mix 2

Meanwhile another teaser video for the Mi Mix 2 went live today.


Xiaomi Mi 7 to arrive in Q1 2018  with Snapdragon 845

Xiaomi Mi 7 to arrive in Q1 2018 with Snapdragon 845

First rumors also claim the phone will come with 6” AMOLED display, built by Samsung.


Google in talks to buy HTC's smartphone business

Google in talks to buy HTC's smartphone business

Rumors of an acquisition have surfaced again.


Android 8.1 is the next version of the OS, Google app reveals

Android 8.1 is the next version of the OS, Google app reveals

A teardown of the latest iteration of the Google app beta for Android led to this discovery.


Galaxy Note8 undergoes scratch, burn, and bend test

Galaxy Note8 undergoes scratch, burn, and bend test

The newest smartphone torture video stars the highly anticipated flagship phablet.


Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 doesn't and won't exist, rumor says

Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 doesn't and won't exist, rumor says

We've seen leaks claiming this year's Pixels would sport it, but apparently not.


Nougat for Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) arrives in India

Nougat for Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) arrives in India

The update arrives as version J710FXXU3BQHC and weighs in at around 1,030MB.


Nokia 8 UK pre-orders are now live, free smartwatch included

Nokia 8 UK pre-orders are now live, free smartwatch included

Retailer Carphone Warehouse has started accepting pre-orders for the phone, and is selling it for £500.


Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact on pre-order in Germany

Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact on pre-order in Germany

You can score a pair of awesome Bluetooth headphones with noise reduction too (while supplies last).


Galaxy Note8 undergoes scratch, burn, and bend test

Galaxy Note8 undergoes scratch, burn, and bend test

The newest smartphone torture video stars the highly anticipated flagship phablet.