Another week is over and done, so let’s look at the top stories. The US patched its ban on Huawei by adding some 38 third-party companies that Huawei used to circumvent some of the restrictions. Thus Huawei effectively is left without access to US-based chips and chip technology and could end up without a chip supplier for its phones.
We spotted renders of what could prove to be the Sony Xperia 5 II. While we’re very eager for a successor to the tiny and powerful Xperia of 2019, this likely isn’t it as the renders look like a miniaturized version of the Xperia 1 II so were likley fake.
The Realme C11, which was unveiled in Malaysia at the end of June is coming to Europe this week, on August 26. It has a 5,000mAh battery, 6.5-inch screen, dual 13MP + 2MP camera and a Helio G35 chipset. We expect the Realme C11 to cost around €100.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition leaked in six colors. It is coming with an Exynos 990 chipset, 6.4-inch or 6.5-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display, 4,500mAh battery and a triple camera with 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide and 8MP telephoto sensors. We expect the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition to come in October, priced at KRW900,000 ($760/€640).
A report suggests that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy M51 will bring, are you sitting down, a 7,000mAh battery. Looking at the Galaxy M31 and its 6,000mAh and the report begins to make sense.
Speaking of Samsung, it made a lot of its fans happy with a promise of at least 3 major updates for all of its Galaxy S, Note and Foldable series (starting from the Galaxy S10/Note10) and a select number of its Galaxy A series. The full list of devices is here.
The Asus Zenfone 7 series are coming next week – on August 26. We expect both the Zenfone 7 and 7 Pro to have a Snapdragon 865 (possibly a SD865+ on the Pro) and start at just €500.
iQOO launched the iQOO 5 and 5 Pro last week. The pair launches in China on August 24, starting at CNY 3,998 and CNY 4,998, respectively and bring 6.56-inch AMOLED screens with 120Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 865 chipsets and a different set of cameras and batteries. The 5 Pro has a 50MP main camera, 8MP 135mm periscope telephoto and 13MP ultrawide, along with a 4,000mAh battery. The iQOO 5 has a 50MP main camera, 13MP 2x telephoto (not a periscope), 13MP ultrawide and a 4,500mAh battery.
Those were the key stories of last week.
Sony’s lineup is missing its petite flagship this year, however multiple sellers on Alibaba are listing cases for the phone.
The phone will compete in the €100 category and the ace up its sleeve is the “gaming” Helio G35 chipset.
All future Galaxy S, Note, Tab S and foldables are guaranteed 3 OS updates alongside select Galaxy A members.
We also get to see Flex Mode in action.
Maps will have more color to distinguish different geographies and cities will have more detailed streets, crosswalks, and pathways.
The display matches the specs of the Zenfone 6. The rear camera, however, upgrades from the 48 MP sensor of last year’s model.
The Pro gets the impressive 120W Flash Charge and a periscope module while the vanilla settles for 55W charging and a 13MP portrait camera.