It’s official – the holiday flagship season is open and it’s been kicked off by non other that Samsung’s iconic big phone – the Galaxy Note.
But this year there’s a little twist – Samsung unveiled the 6.8-inch Galaxy Note10+ alongside a smaller 6.3-inch Galaxy Note10 – the first time we’ve seen a second Note device since 2014’s Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 4 Edge.
The new Galaxy Note 10 duo is powered by Samsung’s 7nm Exynos 9825, which launched a few hours before them, have a gyro-enabled S Pen, centered in-display selfie camera and no headphone jack.
Samsung also made a few other announcements – the Galaxy Watch Active2 (which comes in two sizes – 40mm and 44mm – and a digital rotating bezel) and the Snapdragon 855-powered Galaxy Book S (a 13.3-inch Windows laptop).
Huawei also had a big week. It announced its Android backup plan – HarmonyOS. It’s an open-source OS that can run on phones, wearables, cars and PCs. Huawei didn’t detail any devices that will be running HarmonyOS.
Huawei also previewed its next installment of EMUI under Android. Based on Android Q, EMUI 10 brings simpler aesthetics, built-in dark mode and zippier performance thanks to Huawei’s EROFS file system. It will come to the P30 and P30 Pro on September 8 and come preinstalled on the Mate 30 series.
Speaking of the Mate 30 Pro – it will house two 40MP cameras on the back, both sitting atop huge sensors – 1/1.7-inch type and 1/1.55-inch type, respectively. To put that into context the Galaxy Note10 has a 1/2.55-inch type sensor, which is still considered larger than most on a phone.
The phone iteslf was spotted once again riding the metro in an NDA case, so we know it’s coming soon, but we are not still unsure how it will look.
The next big story is the Google Pixel 4. First we saw case renders hinting at a triple camera but more reliable rumors have pointed to a dual camera. Then the big story dropped that the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will have 90Hz “Smooth Display” AMOLEDs and a dual camera of a 12MP main snapper and 16MP telephoto one.
ZTE unveiled the nubia Z20 with two AMOLED screens (front and back) and the Snapdragon 855+. The device is meant for China for now.
Realme released a few samples from its upcoming 64MP smartphone. The images are clearly show the promise of great dynamic range, even if detail at the pixel level is lacking due to the Tetracell nature of the sensor.
Finally, SoftBand President accidentally spilled that the iPhone 11 will go on sale on September 20.
See you in a week!
The main difference is the new SoC is built on the EUV process node and has a higher clock speed of the GPU.
The physical rotating bezel has been replaced with a digital one, which helped Samsung increase the screen size on the watch.