It’s a been a good week for tech fans. A few phones got unveiled, a few others got leaked and a few hot topics were discussed around the water cooler.
First, let’s look at the new hardware. Oppo and Realme unveiled three phones – the Oppo F11 and F11 Pro have a 48MP main camera and a 16MP selfie one that pops up on the Pro – while the Realme 3 goes for a more conservative 13MP + 2MP main camera and a 13MP selfie camera, but packs a large new battery.
Huawei and Meizu unveiled two phones. The Huawei P smart+ (2019) has a mouthful of a name, a 24MP regular camera, 2MP depth camera and a 16MP ultra-wide angle second shooter on the back. The Meizu Note 9 has just two cameras on the back – a 48MP main snapper aided by a 5MP depth sensor.
USB4 is official and is based on Thunderbolt 3, meaning it will be able to handle 40Gbps of data going through. That much bandwidth means a single USB4 cable will be able to power two 4K displays at 60Hz. Naturally it will take a few years before we get to experience USB4 in our daily life.
Onto the leaks. The OnePlus 7 was reportedly captured and photographed in the wild and later popped up in a retailer listing. It will reportedly go the elevating front-camera route and bring a Snapdragon 855 with up to 12GB of RAM.
The other notable new intel about an upcoming phone is the confirmation that the Huawei P30 Pro will have a periscope zoom camera. We expect it to zoom as much as 5x optically and up to 10x digitally.
In other news, DisplayMate gave the Galaxy S10 display an A+ and once again dubbed it the best OLED around. Huawei has decided to sue the US Government over its “unconstitutional” ban of its equipment. The Xiaomi Mi 9 became the new performance leader on AnTuTu, although with so many Snapdragon 855 phones on the way it’s unclear if it will be able to retain the lead for long.
See you in a week!
Intel contributed the Thunderbolt specification to the USB group and made it royalty-free. The new standard will still be backwards compatible.
Huawei execs are teasing the phone’s super zoom capabilities. It will have improved night mode as well.
Huawei is moving to sue the U.S. Government for unconstitutional treatment of the company without due process.
Other than that, it’s the same as the P smart 2019 – 6.21″ screen, Kirin 710 chipset, 3,400mAh battery and Android 9 + EMUI 9.