Spanish mobile fans will be the first in Europe to be able to experience the bargain basement, high tech handsets offered by up and coming Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi. With some killer specs on its side, many will be hoping that this launch leads to an eventual entry into the UK market.
The Mi Mix 2 is priced at the equivalent of £440 and comes with a huge 5.99 inch screen, the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm and a hefty 6B slab of RAM, according to Pocket Lint. This makes it sound a lot like a rival to the iPhone X, but one that costs less than half as much.
One of the reasons that Xiaomi is able to sell its smartphones so cheaply is that it avoids a lot of the marketing investment that companies like Apple have to harness in order to get the word out. Instead, it is letting its devices speak for themselves and relying on social networking to spread the message.
At the moment the UK introduction of the Mi Mix 2 has not been confirmed, but if sales in Spain are up to scratch then its wider rollout will be assured.
The most affordable of the new handsets from Nokia has been announced this week, with a budget-friendly asking price and an impressive battery making it an appealing prospect, according to Tech Radar.
The Nokia 2 will come with a 4100mAh battery, easily allowing it to eclipse high end handsets in terms of the amount of use it will offer from a single charge. In theory, it should be able to work for two days before it needs to be plugged back in, which is definitely a selling point for busy people.
The rest of the specs are more in keeping with its bargain basement status, as it has a five inch screen with a 720p resolution, a quad core processor and a single gigabyte of RAM.
Camera capabilities are similarly basic by modern standards, with an eight megapixel primary snapper sitting alongside a five megapixel front-facing unit for selfies.
All of this will be bolstered by the fact that the Nokia 2 should cost the equivalent of just £85, making it one of the best budget Android phones on the market.
Licensed by HMD Global, Nokia’s brand is coming back to the mobile market and this phone will be available to British buyers early next year
HTC is planning to release a bigger version of its flagship U11 smartphone in the next month or so, but the as yet unannounced U11 Plus has already appeared in the flesh, courtesy of pictures procured by OnLeaks.
While it will share a similar design to its smaller sibling, the U11 Plus looks to sport a few aesthetic changes. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the rear surface, enabling the physical home button to be eliminated from the front to give it a cleaner look, for example.
The display is thought to measure six inches across the diagonal and it is expected that a high capacity 4000mAh battery will be found under the skin, giving it a longer life and also making it a little thicker than its stable mates.
The U11 Plus is scheduled to launch on the 2nd of November and should be released in the UK before the end of the year, giving HTC the opportunity to take on other phablet contenders like the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Various colour options should help this newcomer stand out from the crowd and perhaps attract a younger audience.
The Mate 10 Pro phablet from Huawei has been released, with details of its specifications indicating that it will be competitively equipped.
The front of the phone is expected to be dominated by a LCD display that has a 2160 x 1080 pixels, 402 ppi resolution, with a bezel-free design giving it a look similar to that of the Galaxy Edge range, or the iPhone X.
Power will be provided by the Kirin 970 chipset, with an impressive 6GB of RAM making this device an impressive performer, according to Pocket Lint.
A hefty 4000mAh battery will give it plenty of life from a single charge, while a dual camera setup will combine 12 and 20 megapixel snappers on the rear to deliver crystal clear images every time.
The Mate 10 Pro will benefit from running the latest version of Android, dubbed Oreo, right out of the box. As with many other third party devices, Huawei will be adding its own interpretation of the interface to make sure that it stands out from the crowd when it is launched.
After the original Pixel was marketed as being superior to last year’s iPhone because it retained a 3.5mm headphone socket, Google has given in to industry trends and ditched this traditional output for its follow-up smartphone.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were announced last week, bringing with them a host of impressive hardware features, including always-on OLED displays and a range of augmented reality capabilities. But the fact that headphone owners will need to buy an adapter to use their existing audio accessories with these new devices will please no one.
Google is also following Apple’s lead by creating its own Pixel branded earbuds which use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly to smartphones and other compatible devices. These earbuds are fairly expensive, with a £159 price tag in the UK, but they are also integrated with Google’s Assistant service, offering a host of notification capabilities and even real time translation of foreign tongues, which is a nice touch.
The death of 3.5mm headphones seems inevitable now that Apple has got the ball rolling and Google has followed suit, although for the time being it is only high end handsets that are shedding this port.