Week 3 in review: MWC phones’ leaks continue

With CES failing to deliver many exciting smartphones this year all eyes are on the MWC next month to shake up the mobile space. Rumors about the flagships to appear there are coming from all directions and it looks like we’ll have plenty to look forward to.

Samsung, Huawei, Sony and HMD have all confirmed they’ll be bringing their next flagships at MWC 2018. LG is likely not bringing the G6 successor after its development was restarted, but we expect Lenovo and Xiaomi to be there as well.

Speaking of Xiaomi, our most read article this past week was about the company’s announcement that it will be bringing MiUI 9 to a total of 40 devices. Some of those were released in 2012, so that’s some great after-sales support.

Check out the other top stories to make sure you haven’t missed anything important.

Xiaomi will update 40 devices to MIUI 9

The oldest among them are from 2012, now that’s what we call long-term support.

Sony Xperia XZ Pro to land at MWC with 4K OLED screen, Snapdragon 845, dual rear cameras

The company’s next flagship smartphone will be packing some top of the line specs according to the latest rumor.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ coming on February 26, to ship on March 16

The information comes from a C-level executive at a major casemaker.

Huawei video teases new fast charge tech - 48% in 5 minutes... but there's a catch

You know what they say about things that sound too good to be true.

Samsung patent says future selfie cameras may sit behind the screen

Hiding under the screen is not just for fingerprint readers.

Moto X5, G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play promo images leak alongside spec details

All of these devices could be announced at MWC in February.

Meizu introduces the M6s with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner

The first Meizu with 18:9 tall screen has an Exynos 7872 chipset with hexa-core CPU.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 leak confirms dual camera setup

The device is said to be powered by Snapdragon 635, feature a 6.99-inch display, and pack in a 5,500mAh battery.

Possible Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) spotted in benchmark listings

A phone with the model number SM-J720F appeared both on Geekbench and GFXBench.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note8 PyeongChang 2018 Limited Edition

The company will hand out more than 4,000 units to athletes as part of its 20-year cooperation with the IOC.

Sony CEO: Xperia phones are here to stay

For now at least – Kaz Hirai believes that the future of communication is not phone-shaped.

Apple will let you disable CPU slowdown with next iOS update

The next iOS 11 public release is expected in March.

HMD's CPO promises an awesome MWC 2018

Not his first tweet on the subject either, but so far no hint what Nokia phones we’ll be seeing.

Another upcoming Huawei smartphone gets benchmarked with weird display aspect ratio

As of now it’s known only by its model designation, ANE-LX1.

Sony sets a date for its MWC 2018 event

The rumor mill is brimming with rumors of an OLED-packing super phone, but the press invite keeps its lips sealed.

WhatsApp introduces Business app

Available today in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. on Android.

Samsung's dedicated AI chips to outclass Apple and Huawei in the second half of the year

The Korean company was late to the on-device AI game, but it plans to win it in a few months.

Samsung denies allegations of planned obsolescence

The company will cooperate with the Italian authority to “clarify the facts”.

LG to introduce new V30 with AI at MWC 2018

The phone might be called V30+α with Google Assistant-based AI functions.

alcatel 3C goes official in Italy with 6

Following a leak from a week ago, the handset was announced in Europe.

Nokia 6 (2018) or Nokia 7 gets certified by the FCC ahead of its US market debut

Two models have passed through the commission’s process, single and dual-SIM variants of the same device.

OnePlus admits some user credit cards were compromised

If you’ve purchased from recently, check your credit card statement.

LG X4+ unveiled in Korea: a MIL-STD rated phone with 32-bit DAC

To earn its MIL-STD-810G stripes, the phone had to pass a six-part gauntlet, including an impact resistance test.

Xiaomi admits fault for WhatsApp obsolete bug, issues a fix

The manufacturer uploaded a beta version on the Mi App store from where it updates automatically.

Samsung starts mass producing GDDR6 chips for next-gen graphics cards

GDDR6 promises to top even HMB2 in bandwidth.

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime launching in India on January 17

Will be available exclusively through Amazon.

Honor 9 Lite launched in India with quad-camera and FullView display

Available exclusively on Flipkart.

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