Week 40 in review: Google Pixel 4 leaks, Mate 30 loses Google apps, Microsoft event

Ivan, 07 October 2019

Another week came and went and with it came the usual stories, rumors and leaks. And none of those are more frequent these days than the Pixel 4-themed ones.

This week we got a full specs sheet for both the 5.7-inch Pixel 4 and 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL, as well as official press renders of each color of the phones - Just Black, Clearly White and Oh So Orange. Specs-wise the Pixel 4 duo will have a Snapdragon 855 (non-Plus) with a new Pixel Neural Core, which is the likely replacement to the Pixel Visual Core, 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage and a dual camera with a 12MP main and 16MP telephoto.

One bad news is the battery size - the smaller Pixel 4 has a 2,800mAh juice pack, which is smaller than the 2,915mAh of the Pixel 3, despite the fact that the new phone gains a bigger screen with higher refresh rate. The Pixel 4 XL will have a 3,700mAh battery.

Microsoft held a special hardware event at which it revealed the Surface Duo, which is a foldable Android phone with two screens, the Surface Neo, which is a foldable tablet with two bigger screens, the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X, and finally the truly wireless Surface Earbuds.

A Xiaomi official stated only the Mi Mix Alpha is on its way, meaning no Mi Mix 4, but later "clarified" that he isn't saying if there is or isn't a Mi Mix 4 in development - glad we straightened that out.

Meanwhile the method that allowed people to install Google apps on the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro was disabled, leaving potential outside-of-China buyers facing a much tougher purchasing decision.

Realme is on a high this week as it managed to become the top smartphone brand on Flipkart in June, July and August, shipping 41.5% of all phones. The Oppo sub-brand celebrated with a "Festive Days" promotion that reportedly led to more than 1 million sold devices.

Realme is still in need of a proper flagship device and is reportedly ready to launch one soon. The Realme X2 Pro will ship with a Snapdragon 855+, 64MP camera and 50W charging.

Just a week after the OnePlus 7T was announced, the first OnePlus 8 renders came out, showing a phone with curved screen sides and a selfie punch hole camera.

Apple will reportedly launch an iPhone SE successor in Q1 of 2020 with an A13 Bionic chipset and iPhone 8 design. The current lineup of iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are enjoying a great reception in India, bringing back the glory days of the iPhone 6.

Those were the main stories of the week. See you next one!

Realme X2 Pro coming soon with Snapdragon 855+ SoC, 64MP camera, and 20x Hybrid Zoom

Realme X2 Pro coming soon with Snapdragon 855+ SoC, 64MP camera, and 20x Hybrid Zoom

It will be presented in Asia and Europe simultaneously.


Google Pixel 4 shines in an official-looking press render

Google Pixel 4 shines in an official-looking press render

It's set to be unveiled on October 15.


Xiaomi Redmi 8 specs and price appear on China Telecom ahead of official reveal

Xiaomi Redmi 8 specs and price appear on China Telecom ahead of official reveal

The phone offers several upgrades over the Redmi 8A - things like a depth sensor and fingerprint reader on the back.


Microsoft announces Surface Duo - a foldable Android phone with two screens

Microsoft announces Surface Duo - a foldable Android phone with two screens

It's an Android device has two 5.6” screens and bezels that seem to come straight out of 2012.


You can no longer install Google apps on the Mate 30 Pro

You can no longer install Google apps on the Mate 30 Pro

Long story short - it's unsafe so Huawei and Google no longer allow it.


Realme is the top smartphone brand on Flipkart, it sold 1 million phones today

Realme is the top smartphone brand on Flipkart, it sold 1 million phones today

The company is offering discounts for #realmeFestiveDays and essentially free insurance for your new phone.


Report: Apple will launch iPhone SE 2 with iPhone 8 design and A13 chipset

Report: Apple will launch iPhone SE 2 with iPhone 8 design and A13 chipset

This lines up with a previous report about the same device, but we’ve been hearing this for a while now.


OnePlus 8 renders suggest hole-punch selfie cam; wireless charging rumored

OnePlus 8 renders suggest hole-punch selfie cam; wireless charging rumored

The company’s OnePlus 7T isn’t even available yet.


Realme X2 Pro incoming with Snapdragon 855 Plus

Realme X2 Pro incoming with Snapdragon 855 Plus

The info was teased by Xu Qi Chase, CMO at Realme.


Huawei confirms 33 more devices scheduled for EMUI 10 beta

Huawei confirms 33 more devices scheduled for EMUI 10 beta

Check out all the Huawei and Honor devices that are getting early access to EMUI 10.


Xiaomi official confirms Mi Mix 4 is not coming

Xiaomi official confirms Mi Mix 4 is not coming

The brand promotion manager says there is only Mi Mix Alpha and people should stop asking for more.


Google Pixel 4 XL appears in a new render

Google Pixel 4 XL appears in a new render

Google will unveil the Pixel 4 and 4 XL on October 15.


Full Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL specs revealed in latest leak

Full Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL specs revealed in latest leak

There will be no earphones in the box - only the phone and the charger.


iPhone 11 lineup doing exceptionally well in India

iPhone 11 lineup doing exceptionally well in India

Apple's revised pricing strategy for the entry-level iPhone 11 is resulting in solid initial sales.


New Xiaomi Mi Band 4 update brings screen off timeout settings

New Xiaomi Mi Band 4 update brings screen off timeout settings

Improved swim tracking and more watchfaces are here too.


Source: Huawei to debut 5nm Kirin 1000 on Mate 40 series

Source: Huawei to debut 5nm Kirin 1000 on Mate 40 series

According to the sources, Huawei is In early testing of its upcoming processor.


Apple’s Deep Fusion photography arrives with iOS 13.2 Beta

Apple’s Deep Fusion photography arrives with iOS 13.2 Beta

It will be available to Public Beta users once iOS 13.2 is available.



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