Phone makers typically don't make a lot of announcements in the last weeks of the year, but 2018 is clearly bucking the trend. The last but one week of the year not only had the numbers but also the quality.
Lenovo announced a trio of new phones, inluding its new Z5 Pro GT flagship - the first handset to come with a Snadragon 855 chipset and 12GB of RAM. Meanwhile Huawei unveiled a 48MP smartphone - the nova 4, which is also only the second handset to feature a punch hole in its display for the selfie camera. HTC had an announcement of its own too - the Desire 12s is a lower mid-ranger with interesting design and slightly underwhelming internals.
The week wasn't quite so good for Gionee - the Chinese maker officially going bankrupt. The company used to be quite big in its day, also serving as ODM for the likes of Allview and BLU, but it's days are now numbered.
In more expected developments the rumors about the phones we will be seeing in the early months of 2019 keep piling up - from Xiaomi to Nokia we had bits and pieces to add to a bunch of upcoming phones.
Check out the full list of our most popular stories this week to make sure you didn't miss anything important while you were busy shopping gifts for your loved ones.
As we turn the calendar page, we wish you plenty of moments to remember in 2019.
The monster 12 GB RAM + 512 GB storage variant costs just $650/€560.
The phone uses last year's flagship Kirin chipset.
As well as Exynos 7885 chipset.
The Redmi Pro was Xiaomi's first phone with a dual camera and its 10-core processor punched above its mid-range weight.
It's an image from an internal company meeting that will surely get someone fired.
The Korean company is also going for artificial enhancements of the low-light photos.
This effectively means that if you received a bent iPad Pro, you’re not getting it replaced.
The company owes billions of dollars hundreds of creditors - banks, suppliers and ad agencies.
The Huawei P30 is also getting extra snapper on the back.
DxO rates the Pixel as the best phone without a tele camera, matching the iPhone XR.
There will be an octa-core chipset, clocked at 2.3 GHz and a dozen of color choices.
The phone was introduced today at a launch in China.
It appears to be a lot smaller than the Galaxy A8s'.
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It's Xiaomi's first phone with a waterdrop notch, is it the Redmi 7 by another name?
Hopefully the much-anticipated phone will finally make its debut at either CES or MWC.
The Xiaomi Redmi Go will offer entry-level specs at entry-level price.
The new phone will have a waterdrop notch, a first for the company.
Here's a useless tactic: make your phone look more bezel-less than it does in real life.
The Chinese social media Weibo just keeps on giving info before the official announcement on December 26.
Europe is the first market to get it.
The OnePlus 6T improves on the dynamic range and detail of its predecessor.
It will come with an unlimited plan where the first 10 gigs will be at full speed.
The device is available in China with 6/128 GB memory in three colors - Blue, Aurora Black, Alien Silver.
It's already available for purchase in Taiwan.
The Lenovo S5 Pro was announced just a couple of months ago. This is a quick upgrade, leaving the other specs mostly the same.