Week 49 in review: Galaxy S10, A8s, nova 4, Snapdragon 855 and more
As we sweep week 49 of the year under the rug and look around to find there are only three left in the year, our news section sees an even bigger shift toward early 2019 devices.
The Galaxy S10 dominated the headlines thanks to a few leaked renders and an alleged screen protectors that showed dual selfie cameras, embedded under the display. Another set of renders pointed to four cameras on the rear.
In less glamours Samsung news the company was caught using a DSLR photo as promo for the portrait mode on the Galaxy A8 Star - for shame.
And finally we have a date for the announcement of the Galaxy A8s - Samsung's first Infinity-O display phone is coming on December 10.
That's a full week before Huawei shows off its phone with an in-display selfie camera hole - the Huawei nova 4. The nova 4 will go live on December 17 but we got a glimpse of it in the wild - it packs minuscule bezels, an in-display selfie and a P20 Pro-esque triple camera on the back.
Xiaomi teased that it's working on a phone with a 48MP camera that will be ready for January.
This was also the week vivo started teasing the NEX 2. Since the first official promo we were swamped by a few leaks - we saw official press renders of the NEX 2, both its displays (the main 6.59-inch screen and the rear 5.5-inch one) as well as videos showing them in action.
Finally, closing out the weeks' news were a few phone announcements. Asus unveiled its Zenfone Max and Zenfone Max Pro while Nokia made the 8.1 official - an international variant of the X7.
Not long left if 2018 - see you next week when we'll see the Galaxy A8s, vivo NEX2 and some other cool handsets debut.
The selfie camera will take a big bite out of the top right corner of the S10+ screen.
The S10+ is shown with a dual selfie cam inside a screen hole, a triple camera and a 3.5mm jack. There's also a dubious unboxing video of it.
The photographer and model in the shot describes her reaction to Samsung’s editing job.
The S10+ is expected to have four cameras. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 855 beats both Exynos 9820 and Kirin 980 in early benchmark.
The CPU was finally announced during Qualcomm’s ongoing Summit in Hawaii.
HMD bills this as the successor to the Nokia 7 plus, despite having an 8-series name.
Both Sony and Samsung announced 48MP modules this year. For comparison, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 40MP sensor.
The vanilla M2 is available for purchase and costs less than $200, the Pro M2 is on pre-order for $300.
The first batch of renders showed a triple camera on the back and more substantial bezels. The rest is unchanged.
Samsung will unveil the Galaxy A8s a full week before Huawei's Nova 4.
The company confirmed the date with a new teaser on Weibo.
If the rumors are true, the new flagship might be one of the slimmest smartphones ever.
The nova 4 will be unveiled on December 17 and is expected to pack the flagship Kirin 980 chipset.
The phone appeared on the company e-store, might arrive with 10 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.
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