Week 19 in review: Pixel 3a/3a XL are here, OnePlus 7 Pro and Realme X are near

This was the week that Google chose to hold its I/O Conference at which it detailed what’s coming in Android Q ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/android_10_q_will_focus_on_security_privacy_and_wellbeing-news-36935.php) this fall and announce the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL midrangers.

The Pixel 3a is starting at $399 or €399 and brings a 1080p OLED, the same 12.2MP camera with Night Sight and HDR+ as the Pixel 3, stereo speakers and the pure Android experience. Drawbacks include a plastic body, no IP rating or wireless charging, no second ultra-wide selfie camera and only a Snapdragon 670 chipset.

Sharp announced the Aquos R3 with a potent combination of a Snapdragon 855 and a 120Hz screen. And while it sounds nice on paper, it’s unlikely that we’ll see it outside of Japan.

Another unveiling this week was the Huawei P smart Z. Outside of the mouthful of a name, the phone features a big 6.59-inch screen, pop-up selfie camera and dual rear camera for a sub-€300 price.

Moving on to the big stories for next week. OnePlus will Primiere the mild refresh that is the OnePlus 7 and the highly-anticipated OnePlus 7 Pro next week on May 14. The OnePlus 7 Pro will have an HDR10+ screen and zippy UFS 3.0 storage. It will also come in an Almond color.

Also coming next week is the Realme X. It will be Realme’s best phone yet thanks to a 6.5-inch AMOLED with buit-in fingerprint scanner, a Snapdragon 730 chipset and a 48MP camera.

The Asus ZenFone 6 is yet another phone due for a release next week – a proper flagship phone with a Snapdragon 855 chip, 48MP snapper and 5,000mAh battery.

Speaking of upcoming phones, the Galaxy Fold may have edged a step closer to its return. Samsung promised to detail the new shipping information for the Galaxy Fold in the coming weeks but has now sent emails to pre-ordees delaying that information.

We got an exclusive batch of image ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/exclusive_honor_20_pros_promo_images_appear_no_punchhole_camera_on_the_front-news-36923.php) of the Honor 20 Pro too – this one is coming the week after next.

Capping off the big stories of the week we saw renders of Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup. The iPhone XI and XI Max (yes, seriously fix those names) with their triple cameras ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/get_used_to_it__new_case_renders_solidify_rumors_of_new_square_iphone_camera-news-36968.php) and the iPhone XR successor with its dual one. The renders show a design we’re not crazy about at first glance, but we’ll hold off on our judgement until we see the final thing.

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL unveiled: same cameras, slower chipsets and $399 starting price ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/google_pixel_3a_and_3a_xl_unveiled_with_snapdragon_670-news-36932.php)

The 3.5mm audio jack makes a comeback!


Asus ZenFone 6 confirmed to ship with Snapdragon 855, 48MP camera, and a 5,000 mAh battery ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/asus_confirms_snapdragon_855_and_headphone_jack_on_zenfone_6-news-36962.php)

It will flaunt a notchless display having a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.


Sharp Aquos R3 announced with Snapdragon 855 SoC, 120Hz dual-notch display ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/sharp_aquos_r3_announced_comes_with_snapdragon_855_soc_120hz_display_and_dual_notch-news-36946.php)

It also has a dual camera setup at the back which consists of 12.2MP and 20MP units.


Xiaomi Mi A3 and A3 Lite to come with Snapdragon 700-series SoCs ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/xiaomi_mi_a3_and_a3_lite_to_come_with_snapdragon_700series_socs-news-36905.php)

If the price is right, the Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite will be a pretty sweet deal.


Android 10 Q beta 3 is now available for 21 smartphones from 13 brands ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/android_10_q_beta_3_is_now_available_for_21_smartphones_from_13_brands-news-36937.php)

More phones than ever are participating in an Android beta.


Realme X officially arriving on May 15, Realme X Lite to tag along ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/realme_x_officially_arriving_on_may_15_realme_x_lite_to_tag_along-news-36901.php)

The phones will be announced in Beijing.


Realme X photo shows notchless display ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/realme_x_poses_for_the_camera_with_a_notchless_display-news-36921.php)

AMOLED screen and elevating camera were confirmed too.


Samsung delays Galaxy Fold indefinitely ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/samsung_delays_galaxy_fold_indefinitely-news-36927.php)

New shipping info should be announced “in the coming  weeks”. Unless the Fold ships by the end of the month, current pre-orders will be canceled.


Exclusive: Honor 20 Pro's promo images show no punch-hole camera ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/exclusive_honor_20_pros_promo_images_appear_no_punchhole_camera_on_the_front-news-36923.php)

There quad-camera setup on the back is clearly visible too.


Redmi Note 7 flies to space, takes photos, and returns without a scratch ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/redmi_note_7_flies_to_space_takes_photos_and_returns_without_a_scratch-news-36902.php)

Now that’s a drop test we could get behind.


Leak suggests Xperia 1 camera modules are manufactured by Zeiss ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/leak_suggests_xperia_1_camera_modules_are_manufactured_by_zeiss-news-36942.php)

The Sony Xperia 1 is rumored to launch some time in June.


Xiaomi phones claim the Top 3 spots in AnTuTu's ranking for fastest Android phones ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/-news-36924.php)

This is the ranking for April, but there are a few May releases that will challenge the dominance of the Mi phones.


Apple iPhone XR 2019 renders show square bump for dual camera on the back ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/apple_iphone_xr_2019_renders_show_square_bump_for_dual_camera_on_the_back-news-36950.php)

As the iPhone XI move from dual to triple camera, the XR model will remain one camera short.


Android 10 Q gets rid of the navigation bar with new gestures, adds a dark theme, supports foldable phones and 5G ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/android_10_q_will_focus_on_security_privacy_and_wellbeing-news-36935.php)

It’s confirmed to be version 10, but a name is still missing.


Huawei P smart Z unveiled: 6.59 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/huawei_p_smart_z_unveiled_659_screen_and_a_popup_camera_on_a_budget-news-36947.php)

This is the first Huawei with a pop-up camera. The phone sports a dual camera and a dual texture finish on the back.


OnePlus 7 Pro now leaks in Almond color version in official-looking press renders ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/oneplus_7_pro_now_leaks_in_almond_color_version_in_officiallooking_press_renders-news-36913.php)

Previously we’ve seen it in Mirror Grey as well as Nebula Blue.


OnePlus 7 Pro to have HDR10+ screen and UFS 3.0 storage ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/oneplus_7_pros_to_have_hdr10_screen_and_ufs_30_storage-news-36907.php)

We hope that YouTube and Netflix will be supported for HDR10+ content.


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Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).