Week 8 in review: Mid-range phone announcements instead of MWC teasers

Week 44 in review: Xiaomi Redmi K30S, OnePlus Nord N10 and N100 official

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Welcome to your week’s recap. The biggest story was the arrival of the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and the N100 are both affordable midrangers with LCDs, but only the N10 5G has a high refresh rate screen, which OnePlus has called a non-negotiable part of any OnePlus phone. The Nord N10 5G costs €350/£330, while the N100 is €200/£180.

Xiaomi had an accouncement of its own – Redmi K30S. The Redmi K30S is a rebranded Xiaomi Mi 10T for markets where Redmi’s brand is more recognized. Reservations for the phone are open and the first flash sale is coming November 11. The Redmi K30S starts at CNY2,599 ($390/€325)

The Apple 12 mini made an appearance on video a full 9 days before it’s set to arrive on pre-order. The main attraction was seeing the phone compared to the iPhone 12 and 11 Pro Max, giving us a scope of just how small it is.

Huawei published a timeline of the 27 devices that will receive EMUI 11, which could turn out to be the final EMUI OS. Huawei is said to make the transition to its Google-less Harmony/HongMeng OS for its future smartphones.

Word has it that Samsung will ship the Galaxy S21 without earbuds and a charger, just like Apple. We expect the entire industry to transition to smaller retail packages in favor of a reduced carbon footprint, eventually.

Speaking of the Galaxy S21, we saw renders of what could prove to be the Galaxy S21 Ultra with a 108MP main camera and an extra sensor (to the S20 Ultra).

Finally, Apple may be forced to stop receiving payments from Google to provide it with the search duties on iPhone. It’s said Apple is developing its own search engine to give direct access to sites, bypassing Google.

See you in a week!

The phone’s price starts from CNY2,599 or about $390.


Apple iPhone 12 mini handled on video

The compact flagship iPhone 12 is here on video.


OnePlus Nord N10 5G and Nord N100 unveiled

The N10 has 5G connectivity and a camera setup similar to the original Nord. It and the N100 will launch in Europe first, coming to the US soon.


EMUI 11 could be Huawei's last version of EMUI before Harmony/HongMeng OS

In a recent interview with Huawei’s head of software, the latest version of EMUI contains elements of Huawei’s HongMeng OS.


Huawei publishes timeline for EMUI 11 beta rollout - 27 Huawei and Honor devices will get it

The company is aiming to update over 90% of its current devices to the latest software and reach 200 million active users.


Samsung may ship Galaxy S21 without a charger or earphones

The potential change is being discussed internally.


Huawei Mate 40 Pro disassembled, have a peek inside

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is reasonably easy to repair, if you have some experience.


Sony Xperia 1 II with 12GB RAM benchmarked ahead of global rollout


Samsung creates a 10,000 PPI OLED panel

No screen door effect on VR devices in the future.


Doogee S96 Pro rugged smartphone launches with infrared night vision

It can be yours for just $299.99.


Huawei nova 8 SE specs leak, reveal 66W fast charging

The phone will bring a quad-cam setup on the back, two different chipsets.


Apple working on its own search engine as Google ties could be cut soon

Apple has been pushing direct search results in iOS 14, side-stepping Google.


Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra to keep 108MP main and 40MP selfie cameras, claims leaker

Renders have shown that the new Ultra will have an extra camera module. Also, it will be the only one of the S21 series to have a curved screen.


Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra renders revised, now there's an extra camera (or sensor)

This could be a ToF sensor instead of a fifth camera module.


HMD Global internal document reveals future plans and Nokia 10

Nokia wants to remain best friends with Google in order to reach top 3 in the next few years.


Apple AirPods and Pro successors coming in 2021, over-ear AirPods Studio delayed again

A new HomePod is also on its way.


New Oppo phone might arrive with Snapdragon 870 chipset

The platform will be a lite version of the flagship SD875 chip, supposed to come in December.




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