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It was supposed to be the first week of the Mobile World Congress and while the MWC didn’t happen in Barcelona, many companies still went forward and announced new products at online presentations.

Sony, Samsung, LG, vivo, Realme, Huawei and even HTC all announced phones this week.

Let’s start with Sony. It gave us the Xperia 1 II (that’s One Mark Two) with improvements all around. The Mark Two has a bigger battery, more capable cameras, a headphone jack and better performance. It’s coming to Europe sometime in late Spring, priced at €1,200.

Sony also announced the Xperia Pro – a professional tool rather than a mainstream phone with an HDMI port and 5G with a 4-way mmWave antenna.

Sony also unveiled the Xperia 10 II – an attractive mid-ranger, coming in Q2 priced at €370.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G came with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 65W fast charging, an OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and six cameras – two on the front and four on the back. The Realme will go on sale in Moss Green and Rust Red. It will cost €599 for the base 8GB+128GB configuration, €669 for double the storage and €749 for the top 12GB/256GB version.

The LG V60 ThinQ 5G became official with the latest Snapdragon 865, a huge 5,000mAh battery, a huge 6.8-inch 60Hz display, a 64MP f/1.8 main camera (LG’s first dabble into pixel-binned sensors), 8K video and a new Dual Display accessory. The LG V60 will be available in blue and white colors and is coming later this spring.

Another Snapdragon 865 phone was unveiled this week from vivo. The iQOO 3 5G has 55W fast charging, a 60Hz Super AMOLED display, a quad camera and, naturally and 5G support. It will start at €475 and go on sale in India and China first.

Huawei announced its revised Mate Xs foldable phone with the new Kirin 990 chipset and an improved hinge. The Huawei Mate Xs’ display has a 2-layer structure with added strength over the foldable OLED panel – it is a sandwich of two polyamide films with optically clear adhesive between them. The diagonal of the unfolded display remains 8” with a resolution of 2480 x 2200 pixels. Huawei Mate Xs arrives with EMUI 10, based on the open-source version of Android 10, and unsurprisingly, there are no Google services.

The price of the 8/512GB phone is €2,499 and will start selling globally starting next month.

These were the highlights in our top stories of the week! Have a good one!

The Pro variant is still in development.


Samsung Galaxy M31 goes official with quad camera, 6,000mAh battery and Android 10

The latest Galaxy M-series phone will be available from March 5.


Realme 6 and 6 Pro are coming on March 5, fitness band will tag along

The Realme 6 duo will feature a 64MP quad camera setup and 90Hz FHD+ screen.


Sony Xperia 1 II, Xperia 10 II and L4 pricing and availability confirmed

The Xperia 1 II costs more than Galaxy S20+, though it does come with double the storage.


Google applies for license to let it continue do business with Huawei

Should Google be given an exemption Huawei could have Google Services immediately.


Realme X50 Pro 5G debuts with SD865, 65W charging and six cameras

The phone has a 64MP quad rear camera and 32MP dual setup on the front.


Realme X50 Pro is the first phone in the world with NavIC

Grab the popcorn – Realme and Redmi are at it again with the marketing flame war.


Sony Xperia 10 II announced: 6

There is only one midranger, the company discontinues its Plus lineup.


LG V60 ThinQ 5G is here with Snapdragon 865, new Dual Screen and 5,000 mAh battery

LG’s sixth V-series phone will go on sale later this spring.


iQOO 3 is official with 5G, Snapdragon 865 and 55W FlashCharge

The gaming brand also brings a 48 MP camera and plenty of software boosters.


First live image of Oppo smartwatch reveals Google Wear OS

The square screen is going to have curved sides and two buttons on the right.


Realme 6 and 6 Pro coming soon, company confirms

The launch date will be revealed tomorrow.


HMD will continue making Nokia phones with ZEISS optics, despite the new Sony partnership

The Xperia 1 II is the first Sony phone to sport the ZEISS logo (but Sony has co-developed many lenses for mirrorless cameras with ZEISS).


Redmi K30 Pro to arrive in March with 5G

It is going to be the first phone featuring ISRO’s NavIC – the Indian satellite navigation system.


The GSMA awards the OnePlus 7T Pro the Best Smartphone of 2019 title

The best all-rounder from last year at a reasonable price point.


Huawei Mate Xs is official with Kirin 990 5G, improved hinge

Most of the specs remain the same as the Mate X, including the screen size and the cameras.


Huawei P40 Lite arrives in Europe, it is a rebranded Nova 6 SE

The phone has a Kirin 810 chipset, pre-sale is scheduled for March 2.


New Nokia feature phone with XpressMusic looks revealed by TENAA

And we do mean feature phone and not a new KaiOS device.


Sony Xperia 1 II and 10 II official videos emphasize display, camera and audio performance

Check out the Xperia 1 ll and Xperia 10 ll promo videos.


HTC Wildfire R70 unveiled with triple camera and 6.53

It’s an entry-level phone, but the 16MP main camera features large 1.4µm pixels and an f/1.75 aperture.


Huawei P40 series launching on March 26

All three phones are expected to bring dual-mode 5G, Wi-Fi 6+ and periscope cameras.


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