This week, on our weekly news roundup: benchmark results show that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro may be the most powerful Android device that you can get at the moment, Samsung may be working on a hidden selfie camera which is installed behind the display, and more!
Samsung may be working on a hidden selfie camera?
Many smartphone manufacturers have chosen to adopt the notch trend so that they can minimize bezels without having to use a mechanical system like Vivo
for the selfie camera. That also includes Google with their Pixel 3 XL
Samsung, on the other hand, is still taking the traditional approach and places their selfie camera on the top of the phone - just like they always did. They are obviously not intending to adopt the notch trend.
With that being said, the upcoming rumors sort of make sense. Various sort of reputable sources mention that Samsung may be working on a "hidden" selfie camera that resides behind the screen.
If that's really true, then we may finally be able to get a truly bezel-less smartphone without having to rely on mechanical mechanisms, without having to sacrifice endurance and water + dust protection, and without the notch.
These sources also claim that we probably won't see this until at least 2020. Guess all we can do now is wait. At this point, those are still nothing but rumors. So, take this information with a bucket of salt alright?
Samsung is working on a faster 7nm chipset
Samsung themselves posted an infographic yesterday which says that they are working on the next generation of semiconductor products - a 7nm low powered chipset.
This chipset will be utilizing EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) lithography technology. It's expected that it'll bring more performance with lower energy consumption.
Other than that, Samsung also mentions that this technology will accelerate the growth of various revolutionary products. Such as 5G, AI, and Internet of Things.
Furthermore, Samsung also mentions that they may eventually get down to 3nm. Maybe not with this generation, but still, that would be amazing. In fact, Samsung has previously said
that we'll have 4nm chipsets by 2020.
Now, if you went through our previous article about radiation and smartphones
, then chances are that hearing about Extreme Ultraviolet light sources will freak you out a bit.
However, we believe that there's no reason to worry. Samsung has experts working on this and they know what they are doing - much better than we do obviously.
At the end of the day, Samsung talks about a very small light source inside the chip. That sounds safe enough for now.
Now, you may be wondering if this is the kind of technology that Samsung will use for their upcoming S10 model. And the answer is that we don't know yet.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will come with 10 gigs of RAM and 5G support
From what we've seen in recent teasers, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will turn up to be one hell of a beast. 10 gigs of RAM and 5G? Seems like it.
Certain markets may not be able to receive the version with 10 gigs of RAM. If you're one of these unlucky people, then chances are that you'll receive a version with 6 or 8 gigs of RAM.
The device will be officially revealed on the 25th of October. Other than that, the teaser that you can see above obviously shows a wide gap on the top. As if something pops up.
Could that gap mean that the Mi Mix 3 will have a sliding mechanism as the Vivo Nex did? A bezel-less display? Or a hint for a big notch?
The sliding mechanism is more likely to be true as we've heard rumors about it numerous times before. And that may be a good thing actually as a poll
from Phone Arena indicates that people actually prefer it over the notch.
Obviously, this means that you'll be sacrificing water and dust resistance, but most Xiaomi phones don't feature waterproofing anyway. According to Xiaomi themselves, water resistance certifications increase the overall price by 30% and that's why they generally avoid it.
That's all for now. We'll keep you updated once we find out anything else. Most likely during the announcement date either in one of our weekly roundups or on a dedicated article.
Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X, and Mate 20 RS Porsche Design officially revealed
This week, we finally got to see the new line of Huawei devices being revealed with the Mate 20 Pro taking the spotlight. It boasts some impressive specs with a triple camera and the main sensor boasting a resolution of 40MP.
The other two cameras consist of an ultrawide sensor at 20MP and a telephoto lens at 8MP so that you'll be able to zoom in closer without sacrificing image quality.
One more noteworthy thing is the battery of this device allows you to charge it up to 70% in 30 minutes and it also allows you to use it as a wireless charging dock. Yep! You can actually charge other phones with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
As for specifications, this is what the Mate 20 Pro has:
- OS: Android Pie
- Chipset: Kirin 980
- CPU: Octa-core with 2 A76 cores at 2.6 GHz, another 2 at 1.92 GHz, and 4 A55 cores at 1.8 GHz
- GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
- RAM and storage: 6 gigs of RAM and 128 gigs of storage
- Display: 2K OLED screen at 6.3 inches
- Camera: rear: triple setup at 40+20+8MP/front: 24MP
- Battery: 4200 mAh
And this is what the Mate 20 has:
- OS: Android Pie
- Chipset: Kirin 980
- CPU: Octa-core with 2 A76 cores at 2.6 GHz, another 2 at 1.92 GHz, and 4 A55 at 1.8 GHz
- GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
- RAM and storage: 6/4 gigs of RAM and 128 gigs of storage
- Display: FHD+ screen at 6.5 inches
- Camera: rear: triple setup at 12+16+8MP/front: 24MP
- Battery: 4000 mAh
The Mate 20X is basically the same thing except it has a huge battery of 5000 mAh and a huge screen of 7.2 inches. Other than that, there's also a gamepad that's specifically made for it.
The Mate 20 RS Porsche Design is basically the Mate 20 Pro but with a more luxury design and an insanely high price tag at about 1700 euros which is close to 2000 bucks we think?
If you wish to find more details about the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, you can do so by taking a look at the dedicated article
that we wrote about it!
Are phone screens big enough now? Seems like we reached the limit!
Smartphone screens have been getting bigger and bigger. We started from what? 2.5 inches? Now, most phones have at least a 6-inch display. Will our screens keep on getting bigger? Probably not!
Phone Arena created yet another interesting poll where people had to vote on if they would get a 7.2-inch screen or not. That was referring to the Huawei Mate 20X that we talked about above. Here are the results:
Only 30% of the voters said that they would get such a device in a heartbeat. 23% said that they would get it only if it has enough features to support that screen, and 46% said that this is overkill.
To be fair, even 6-inch phones are already a bit hard to use with only one hand. So, this response was sort of expected from users.
Still, at the end of the day, it seems like there are people who are willing to get such a device. Even if that's the minority. So, maybe we'll see more phones at 7-inches or above that are targeted towards a specific audience.
Will this become the next mainstream size? Most likely not. As we mentioned above, even at their current size, most phones are rather hard to use with one hand.
Is Huawei Mate 20 Pro the most powerful Android device right now?
Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the first Android device to bring the new 7nm chipset design to the table and it seems like it's the fastest thing that you can get on the Android market right now!
When it comes to multi-core benchmarks, it beats every phone except the iPhone X and iPhone XS Max. However, let us keep in mind two things:
- The iPhones are using a different Operating System
- Huawei was caught cheating on benchmarks before
So, with that being said, take this information with a grain of salt. After all, nobody knows what to believe or not these days. And in reality, flagships nowadays are so fast that you most likely won't notice a difference in real-life performance.
Obviously, the new chipset that Samsung will release in a few months from now will likely be faster than the Mate 20 Pro. But, at the moment, it seems like this device is the new king of multi-core performance.
What actually surprised us, is that it didn't beat the competition in GPU performance:
If you consider the fact that the Mate 20 Pro has this new powerful chipset and it also comes with GPU Turbo technology, you would expect that it would crush its competition when it comes to gaming.
However, both the Note 9 and the OnePlus 6 seem to be either pretty close to it or outright beating it. Very interesting indeed!
Camera comparisons between the Mate 20 Pro and the Note 9 are already out
Camera comparisons between the Note 9 and the Mate 20 Pro are already out. You can check one of them in the video above.
And the winner? Well, if you ask us, we believe that there is no clear winner in this battle. It's mostly a matter of personal preference.
There were cases where the Mate 20 Pro had more detail and there were also cases where we preferred the darker and colder contrast that the Note 9 has. So, really, just pick whatever suits you best.
Specification wise, the higher resolution of the Mate 20 Pro and the ultrawide lens clearly put it ahead of the competition. But, what matters, is real life results.
So, at the end of the day, which phone do you prefer. Let us know in the comments!
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