It's been yet another busy week in the mobile realm and as has become tradition, it's time to look back once again and see what news captivated our collective attention in the past few days. We start off with Xiaomi – the Chinese OEM that seems to be on a never-ending winning streak lately. It just recently launched an updated version of its Redmi Note handset – the Redmi Note Prime, which somehow manages to pack even more value within the modest $125 price tag. With a Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch HD display and a 13MP main camera, the device is meant to push the boundaries of budget-level offers yet again.
But the real treat everybody is actually looking forward to is the next flagship offer, courtesy of Xiaomi. The Mi 5 is definitely shaping up as a true-next flagship, boasting a 5.5-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM, a 20MP shooter and Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 chipset. Initial leaks, however, also hint at a flagship price for the handset at $599 – still quite reasonable, considering its specs.
Microsoft has also been gathering a lot of attention lately and the Lumia 850 in particular. Codenamed Honjo, it is apparently Microsoft's upper mid-range offer and is pending release shortly. Specs are still open to debate, but could include a 5.7-inch FullHD display and Snapdragon 617 SoC – quite an upgrade from previous rumors. Then there is also the 5.0-inch Lumia 650 to look forward to.
Of course, no week can go without mentioning Samsung. The Korean giant is keeping fans on its toes with more than one eagerly-anticipated devices. We recently got out hands on some exclusive renders and measurements of the upcoming Galaxy A9, which, along with subsequent leaks and rumors, definitely suggest a huge 6.0-inch display, inside a thin metal shell. Powering the device should be the new Snapdragon 620 SoC, which despite its mid-range nature, actually packs quite a lot of power. The A9 is definitely interesting, especially in the context of the upcoming Galaxy S7 flagship line. It has been popping up all over the place, but sadly, Samsung will apparently make us wait for the announcement a bit longer, as the S7 will likely be skipping CES 2016 in January.
In other news, the Yu Yutopia was officially announced in India this week, we caught a few early glimpses of the HTC One X9, as well as the new Motorola Moto X (4th Gen) and the invitation-free sales of the OnePlus 2 have finally kicked off, with rumors on a OnePlus mini in the works.
This is the Chinese company's second made-in-India handset after the Redmi 2 Prime.
The flagship offer will be equipped with a 5.5 inch QHD display and a Snapdragon 820 SoC.
Comes with the new 'Around YU' service that integrates multiple services into one app.
Golden trim on the outside frame and a front facing LED flash, as promised.
For all those who asked - a rose gold option is on the menu, too.
Motorola is working on the fourth generation Moto X and a photo of its effort has leaked.
Samsung Galaxy A9 was revealed by official promo photos and is expected to premiere this month.
Invite-free sales of the OnePlus 2 are now live. As of the time of writing, only the 64GB/4GB RAM version of the phone is available.
A proper flagship in a compact shell, display is FullHD too.
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Fans will be happy to know that the upcoming handset will support China's newly-released NFC payment system.
A single leaked image reaffirms Microsoft's adoption of white faces.
Some of the variants of the device could feature a retina scanner.
The device has already been certified by China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA).
After having already seen the upcoming smartphone in renders, we're treated to some real-life images.
Reports say the device will be launched sometime in January.
Industry sources hint at two big Xperia phones in 2016 – one in June and the other in October, both with a metal design.
Almost the same size as the Galaxy S7 Plus, slightly more compact even.
It's only natural that it entertains the minds of the tech folk, and with the lack of live images so far, we're left with design concepts to marvel at.
The 6" smartphone towers over its 5.5" sibling, but shares most of its specs with it.