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The final week of November is now done and it brought us the Honor V30 and V30 Pro alongside the MagicWatch 2 and the Huawei MatePad Pro.

The Honor V30 and V30 Pro share most of their respective specs, like the 6.57-inch IPS LCD, Kirin 990 chipet and dual front-facing cameras. But where the Pro has the upper hand is its 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide angle camera with autofocus, with the slightly brighter lens and OIS over its main 40MP camera and wireless charger. We took the Honor V30 Pro and its impressive ultrawide camera out for a spin, you can check out the samples here.

The Honor V30 and V30 Pro will go on pre-order in China on December 5 and start shipping on the 12. Sadly there’s no word on if and when they’ll make their way out of China.

The MatePad Pro tablet shares the flagship Kirin 990 chipset of the V30/V30 Pro, has a 10.8-inch screen with a punch hole camera as well as a potent 7,250mAh battery.

The Honor MagicWatch 2 brings a 42mm and 46mm version, the latter of which offers 14 days of battery life. Unlike its Android-powered counterparts, this smartwatch are already confirmed to make it to Europe, priced at €179 and €179, respectively.

Samsung’s future Galaxy S11 series have captivated the interest of our readers for weeks now, despite them being nearly three months away. This week the biggest story were the CAD renders of the Galaxy S11+ and S11e. Both show a design with very slim bezels (slimmer than the Note10+’, say rumors), and a penta (that’s Greek for five) and triple camera, respectively. Rumor has it Samsung will include laser autofocus in the Galaxy S11 smartphones, possibly replacing (or enhancing?) the current dual-pixel AF.

Samsung looks to be about to deliver Android 10 to the Galaxy S10 and Note10 series faster than projected. In fact it’s already the stable Android 10 update to the Galaxy S10 lineup in Germany. The official target for Android 10 on these devices is January 2020.

Meanwhile the Galaxy Note10 Lite is coming and it was revealed by an FCC finding that it will have a Bluetooth-capable S Pen, just like the Galaxy Note9.

Finally the Galaxy S11+ was spotted on Geekbench, flexing an Exynos 9830 with stock ARM cores, 12GB of RAM and Android 10.

Speaking of chipsets and benchmarks, the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chip hopped over to AnTuTu to obliterate its competition. Its 511k score outdid the 496k of the Snapdragon 855+ inside the Asus ROG Phone II and smashed the 456k of the A13-totting Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Realme’s X50 5G was confirmed and it will have two selfie cameras. Realme also unveiled a roadmap of which devices will get ColorOS 7 and when.

Check out the full list of top stories below and see you in a week!

Samsung Galaxy S11+ renders reveal punch hole display and a huge camera bump

It’s rumored to go official on February 11.


Samsung Galaxy S11e renders show up

The first CAD-based renders of the compact future flagship are here.


Huawei announces the MatePad Pro, a flagship tablet with punch-hole display

It comes with all the flagship specs like a QHD AMOLED display, Kirin 990 and a large 7,250 mAh battery.


Honor V30 and Honor V30 Pro come with 5G and 40MP triple camera

The Pro variant has 27 W wireless fast-charging and dual punch-hole design on the front.


The Samsung Galaxy S11 trio to bring laser autofocus

Previously, Samsung relied on the Dual Pixel AF feature of the sensor. Why change that now?


MediaTek’s new Dimensity 1000 chipset kills competitors at AnTuTu

It tops the Snapdragon 855+ and even Apple’s A13 Bionic with its overall score.


Samsung Galaxy S11+ appears in Geekbench, its Exynos chipset lacks custom cores

Samsung shut down its custom CPU core division earlier this year, but we didn’t expect to see the change happen so quickly.


Samsung Galaxy S10 receiving stable Android 10 update

It’s currently seeding in Germany.


Xiaomi Mi Note 10 is headed to India

The company has officially started the teaser campaign for the phone’s launch in the subcontinent.


Honor MagicWatch 2 unveiled with up to 14 days battery life, advanced swim tracking

The watch is built around the Kirin A1 chipset and features 2GB of storage that can be filled with 500 songs.


Realme X50 5G incoming with two selfie cameras

The phone’s name and looks are confirmed by the Xu Qi Chase, CMO at Realme.


Honor V30 Pro Beijing photo tour - check out the camera samples

We take an early look at Honor’s new SuperSensing Triple camera setup and just how well it performs.


Redmi K30 4G specs and new live image pop up [Updated]

The device might be announced as early as next month.


Realme announces ColorsOS 7 and Android 10 update roadmap

The first phone to try the beta is the Realme X2 Pro, but others will get the stable release first.


Redmi K30 with 5G support and punch hole display is coming on December 10

It will feature a dual selfie camera and dual speaker.


Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite's S Pen will have Bluetooth, FCC confirms

Bluetooth could mean simple wireless control like on the Note9 or more advanced gyro-tracked gestures like the Note10, it’s not clear which yet.


Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds buys ownership in Mint Mobile

The MVNO offers affordable data plans backed by T-Mobile’s network.


Apple forecasts over 100 million iPhone 12 shipments in 2020

Apple believes 5G and a refreshed design will be key drivers for its record-breaking shipments.


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