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.
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.
The company says the device is ready for mass production.
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.
The company’s mobile business president DJ Koh made the revelation at the ongoing CES.
In conjunction with Synaptics, vivo brings a smartphone with a fingerprint sensor embedded under the display.
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.
The device is currently listed on the South Korean company’s Netherlands website for 499 (around $595).
The Chinese company is open to striking deals with US carriers for sales of its next smartphone.
The phone-free, PC-less VR headset will support both Oculus Mobile and Mi VR games and apps.
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.
The company’s mobile boss DJ Koh said UX was the biggest obstacle they are facing in commercialization.
Rumored specs sound similar to the Nokia 2, but the price will be lower.
While it debuts on TVs, this tech might replace OLED on phones as it has a number of advantages (including longer life).
Also announces the world’s smallest 256GB USB 3.1 flash drive.
The alleged box promises stereo speakers and a 12 MP camera with variable aperture – f/1.5 to f/2.4.
The list of countries where the View 10 will be available include India, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
The first market that gets it is Vietnam for a price of VND3,29M (121/$144).
The HTC U11+ on sale in December, but does not seem to have improved the revenue situation.
This is a month later than the LG G6 launch last year.
It can be rolled like a painting canvas and taken anywhere with you.
The phone is set to launch on January 20 and will cost INR32,990 (430/$520).
The phone will cost around $200 and comes with a fingerprint scanner and Exynos 7870.
The company is the latest to respond to the recently disclosed security issue.
Latest reports say the device is getting Android 8.0 on very first boot.
With Snapdragon 835 power and 110° field of view, this headset promises a premium, cable-free experience.