Week 2 in review: Sony unveils three phones, Galaxy S9 rumors heat up


Despite hosting the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the second week of 2018 didn’t bring a lot of phone-related action. The biggest story from CES was Synaptics’ under-the-screen fingerprint scanner which vivo showcased on a prototype phone, which we handled. It’s a solid start, but it’s not yet fast enough to compare with current scanners on current phones.

Our most read article this past week concerned the Galaxy S9 and S9+ storage and RAM configurations. The S9 will have 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage while the S9+ will use 6GB of RAM and adds a 256GB model to the 64GB and 128GB ones. Both will unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in March.

The rest of the stories this week are Sony’s announcement the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra with rear-mounted fingerprint scanners that will work in the US, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) goes on sale in Europe and the Nokia 8’s poor 68 score on DxO mark.

Rumor reveals Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ memory configurations

The Galaxy S9 will be available in 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options, while the Galaxy S9+ will come in 6GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants.

Vivo unveils first in-display fingerprint smartphone at CES 2018

The company says the device is ready for mass production.

Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra go official with Snapdragon 630 chips, large batteries

The Xperia L2 brings a 3,300mAh cell and key spec upgrades to Sony’s most affordable line. All three models with rear mounted fingerprint sensors.

Samsung confirms MWC unveiling for Galaxy S9

The company’s mobile business president DJ Koh made the revelation at the ongoing CES.

Hands-on with vivo's in-display fingerprint scanner

In conjunction with Synaptics, vivo brings a smartphone with a fingerprint sensor embedded under the display.

Nokia 8 gets a poor DxOMark score

The company’s current flagship smartphone can’t hold a candle to top scorers such as the Google Pixel 2, Apple iPhone X, and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) is now on sale in Europe

The device is currently listed on the South Korean company’s Netherlands website for €499 (around $ 595).

OnePlus 6 arrives in June with Snapdragon 845, CEO reveals

The Chinese company is open to striking deals with US carriers for sales of its next smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone is an Oculus Go version for China

The phone-free, PC-less VR headset will support both Oculus Mobile and Mi VR games and apps.

Intel announces new 8th gen Core processor with AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics

Hell has frozen over.

Benchmark shows one of the Huawei P20 models will have an 18.7:9 screen

Wide enough for a notch? It’s wider than Samsung’s 18.5:9, but not as wide as iPhone X’s 19.5:9 screens.

Samsung's foldable phone to arrive next year

The company’s mobile boss DJ Koh said UX was the biggest obstacle they are facing in commercialization.

This might be the Nokia 1, an Android Go phone

Rumored specs sound similar to the Nokia 2, but the price will be lower.

Samsung unveils The Wall: a whopping 146

While it debuts on TVs, this tech might replace OLED on phones as it has a number of advantages (including longer life).

SanDisk reveals the world's smallest 1TB USB-C flash drive

Also announces the world’s smallest 256GB USB 3.1 flash drive.

Leaked Samsung Galaxy S9 retail box unveils specs

The alleged box promises stereo speakers and a 12 MP camera with variable aperture – f/1.5 to f/2.4.

Honor View 10 global launch set for today, limited-edition Honor 7X red coming soon

The list of countries where the View 10 will be available include India, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro goes official

The first market that gets it is Vietnam for a price of VND3,29M (€121/$ 144).

HTC ends poor year on a low note: revenues drop to lowest level in 13 years

The HTC U11+ on sale in December, but does not seem to have improved the revenue situation.

LG G7 will go on sale in April, sources from Korean carriers claim

This is a month later than the LG G6 launch last year.

LG showcases new rollable 65” OLED display

It can be rolled like a painting canvas and taken anywhere with you.

Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) now up for pre-order in India

The phone is set to launch on January 20 and will cost INR32,990 (€430/$ 520).

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime debuts quietly through Amazon

The phone will cost around $ 200 and comes with a fingerprint scanner and Exynos 7870.

Apple outs iOS 11.2.2 and macOS 10.13.2 supplemental update to mitigate Spectre vulnerability

The company is the latest to respond to the recently disclosed security issue.

Nokia 6 (2018) units getting Oreo update out of the box

Latest reports say the device is getting Android 8.0 on very first boot.

Lenovo and Google unveil first stand-alone Daydream VR headset - the Mirage Solo

With Snapdragon 835 power and 110° field of view, this headset promises a premium, cable-free experience.

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