We are now at the end of the first week of the new year! If you were thinking smartphone world will take some time off for the holidays you were wrong – week 1 was rather eventful.
While there weren’t many announcements in the week there were sightings of exciting upcoming products.
The Samsung Galaxy S10, the Sony Xperia XZ4 and the Nokia 9 were the flagships that are expected to become official quite soon.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 was photographed in the wild and we saw a purported Galaxy S10+ case snapped on a Galaxy S9+, revealing a very minor difference in size.
The Nokia 9 Pureview was all but revealed in an official-looking promo video. The promo detailed the Nokia 9 Pureview’s display, chipset, RAM, storage, wireless charging and hinted at what its five cameras will be able to do. It’s also HMD’s first true flagship since it brought back the Nokia brand, so the excitement is understandable.
But the Sony Xperia XZ4 stole the show this week, showing off its Snapdragon 855 on Geekbench and topping AnTuTu with a 395kL score. We also saw a screen protector that hinted at an extra-tall 21:9 display.
Xiaomi made headlines by setting a date for the announcement of the Redmi 7 with a 48MP camera- January 10. In related news we saw the first concept render of what the Pocophone F2 might look like – the main difference was the waterdop notch.
The final big topic of the week was Apple’s admission of lower than expected iPhone sales. In a letter to investors Apple disclosed the reasons for the decrease in iPhone revenue, chief among being the “fewer carrier subsidies”, the price increases and the fact that some customers are “taking advantage of significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacements”.
See you in a week!
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