Week 41 in review: Xperia 8, OnePlus 7T Pro, Oppo Reno Ace, Redmi 8 are here


October is one of the busiest months in the World of tech so it was only natural that there was plenty going on this week.

Let’s start with the unveils. OnePlus launched its 7T Pro with a Snapdragon 855+, 23% faster Warp Charge 30T and a slightly larger battery (85mAh larger). There’s a McLaren Edition too with 12GB of RAM and an exclusive design.

The OnePlus 7T Pro will be available in Europe next Thursday at €760 – that’s the same price as the 8/256GB version of the 7 Pro. The McLaren Edition is coming on November 5 and it will cost €860. North America and China will join Europe in getting the OnePlus 7T Pro next week.

The Oppo Reno Ace was announced as well, packing a Snapdragon 855+ and bonkers 65W wired charging. China will get it first, priced CNY 2,999 ($422) for the 8/128GB model, there’s also a 8/256GB variant for CNY 3,199 ($450) and a top spec’d 12/256 GB version for CNY 3,799 ($534).

Sony unveiled the Xperia 8 with a 21:9 screen, a dual camera and a Snapdragon 630 in tow. The Xperia 8 will remain exclusive to Japan and is expected to arrive later in October for around JPY 54,000 ($505). Another Japan-exclusive is the Sharp S7 – it has a claimed 1-week of battery endurance and runs Android One.

Xiaomi’s popular sub-brand unveiled the Redmi 8. It has a fingerprint scanner, 5,000mAh battery and a Snapdragon 439 with 4GB of RAM. The Redmi 8 will come in Sapphire Blue, Onyx Black and Ruby Red colors starting at INR 7,999 ($112) for the 3/32GB model while the 4/64 GB variant will go for INR 8,999 ($126). Sales in India are scheduled to begin at midnight on October 12.

Next week will be the much-anticipated unveil of Realme’s first flagship, the Realme X2 Pro. It will be announced on October 15 with a 90Hz display, 135Hz touch sampling rate, Snapdragon 855+, 50W SuperVOOC charging and a 64MP main camera.

Samsung has reportedly began testing the new periscope tele camera meant for the Galaxy S11. It’s projected to offer 5x optical zoom. It also announced the upcoming beta of One UI 2.0 based on Android 10 beta for the Galaxy S10 with support for the Galaxy Note10 coming soon.

Speaking of the Galaxy Note10, a cheaper variant of the flagship duo will arrive in Europe soon. Painted in Black or Red, it’s expected to be offer most of the the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ experience at a lower price.

Finally, in Pixel 4-related news, Google’s next flagship pair will cost a bit more than their predecessors and will, sadly, retain the 64GB base storage. And, according to an unverified rumor, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL will come in Blue, Yellow, Pink and Green, alongside the White, Black and Orange.

Google will require all devices launched after January 31, 2020 to run Android 10

OEMs will not get Google Mobile Services if they have an older OS version after that day.


Sony Xperia 8 announced with 21:9 screen, Snapdragon 630 SoC and dual cameras

Sony’s latest midranger will likely remain exclusive to Japan.


Realme X2 Pro to have 135 Hz sampling rate, super fast fingerprint scanner

Both features are announced on the company’s Weibo page.


Realme X2 Pro full specs and official image surface, coming to China on October 15

It will also sport a 64MP quad camera setup on the back with a telephoto unit supporting 20x hybrid zoom.


Essential founder Andy Rubin shows tall and narrow upcoming phone with color shifting back

It’s one of the weirdest designs we’ve seen in a long time.


Redmi 7, Note 7/7Pro and K20 get MIUI 11 stable build in China

International users will have to wait a bit more for their version.


Google Pixel 4 to come in Slightly Green, Maybe Pink, Sky Blue and Really Yellow

That’s alongside the Clearly White, Just Black and Oh So Orange.


Samsung will start testing the Galaxy S11 periscope camera soon

MecaTech Systems will reportedly start shipping test hardware for the 5x optical zoom camera on the upcoming flagship.


The OnePlus 7T coming to Europe, North America and China next week

It has been available for awhile now in India. Note that the US and Canada are getting the 7T but not the 7T Pro.


OnePlus 7T Pro unveiled with Snapdragon 855+, McLaren edition tags along

It’s relatively small as far as upgrades go. There’s also a McLaren Edition with sportier looks. Neither be available in the US.


Oppo Reno Ace brings 90Hz display, Snapdragon 855+ and 65W charging

The Reno Ace comes with the fastest commercially available charger.


Realme X2 Pro to be unveiled on October 15

It will come with a Snapdragon 855+ SoC, a 90Hz display, and 50W SuperVOOC charging.


Sharp S7 announced in Japan with 1-week battery life and Android One

The phone uses a low-power IGZO display and 4,000 mah battery that ensures battery endurance.


Redmi 8 unveiled with dual camera, Snapdragon 439 and 5,000 mAh battery

A slight upgrade over the Redmi 8A.


Samsung will open One UI 2.0 beta based on Android 10 soon

South Korean users will be first in line as usual.


Google Pixel 4 Canadian prices suggest a price hike

And to add insult to injury, both Pixel 4 and 4 XL will start at 64GB.


Cheaper Galaxy Note10 on its way to Europe in Black and Red colors

The last time we saw Samsung offer a more affordable Galaxy Note device was back in 2014 with the Note 3 Neo.


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