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Sony’s newly unveiled Xperia XA Ultra is a selfie lover’s dream

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Sony’s mobile division may be going through rough times as of late, but that hasn’t stopped them from pushing more headline-making smartphones. Their latest offering is the Xperia XA Ultra, and as its name suggests, it’s a handful.

The obvious highlight is the 6-inch display with near borderless sides and 1080p resolution, but if you look more closely, you’ll notice the fully loaded front camera.

The selfie camera’s features include a 16-megapixel sensor, LED flash, and optical image stabilization. That last bit happens to be the most important aspect, as the Xperia XA Ultra is only the second smartphone to sport one on the front. (The HTC 10 pioneered this feature not too long ago.)

This leads to stable shots in dimly lit environments despite shaky hands. And if all else fails, the front-facing flash is always available to literally brighten your smile.

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Not to be outdone, the rear camera has a 21.5-megapixel sensor, hybrid autofocus, and an LED flash. If it’s anything like the Xperia X we played around with last month, the subject tracking abilities should be top-notch.

With all these high-end features, it’s easy to forget that the Xperia XA Ultra is still just a midrange handset. Expect to find a non-flagship MediaTek Helio P10 processor inside once the phone officially enters the market. Fortunately, users will enjoy an ample amount of RAM at 3GB and a microSD slot that accepts cards up to 200GB.

It’s obvious that the Xperia XA Ultra is the direct successor to Xperia C5 Ultra, which was Sony’s previous selfie king. With this in mind, it’s safe to say that the midrange Xperia C series is totally out of commission.

There’s no word yet on pricing and availability, especially in this part of the world, but let’s all assume that it’ll cost more than the smaller, less capable Xperia XA.

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Nokia teases fans with an Instagram photo

Is this the year of mobile photography?

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If you think you’ve seen it all from last week’s launches with Vivo, Xiaomi, and Samsung stepping up their camera performances, Nokia is stealing the spotlight by teasing us with an incredibly detailed photo uploaded on Instagram.

Finland-based photographer Konsta Punkka posted a stunning photograph on his Instagram account with the caption “captured and edited entirely on a Nokia phone.”

We can all guess but, most likely, this photo could’ve been taken by the Nokia 9 PureView, HMD Global’s upcoming smartphone with a penta-lens camera setup.

 

Additionally, Punkka says he will be on stage at Mobile World Congress with Nokia. He also invites his fans to follow Nokia on Instagram and leave a comment using Nokia’s hashtags for MWC 2019 to get a chance to join him at the event and “win cool giveaways.”

Even more, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas tweeted Punkka’s photo, which confirms that the Finland-based photographer will have a moment during Nokia’s event.

It seems this year is shaping up to become another year of mobile photography. We’ll find out when Nokia takes the stage on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain during MWC 2019.

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Mate X is Huawei’s upcoming foldable 5G phone

A full announcement is imminent

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Huawei is set to take the stage by storm tomorrow in Barcelona at MWC 2019. As promised, the Chinese company will unveil their very own foldable phone which will go head-to-head with the Galaxy Fold from Samsung. Although, we don’t have to wait to get a sneak peek of Huawei’s device, because there’s a photo of it already going around.

An advertisement banner that’s being set up for the launch of Huawei was photographed and uploaded on Chinese social media. It was already taken down as of writing, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely off the internet.

Based on the image, the foldable phone will be called Huawei Mate X and it’ll be marketed as the “world’s fastest foldable 5G phone.” Furthermore, the folding design of the Mate X is different from Samsung’s or even Xiaomi’s prototype.

Upon closer inspection, the foldable Huawei phone will have its fingerprint reader on the side, while most of its components, including the cameras, are housed by the elongated module.

The existence of Huawei’s foldable phone was confirmed as early as June of last year. Huawei’s deputy chairman Ken Hu later confirmed that this same product will pioneer the company’s 5G era. It seems like this is the direction Huawei is taking, but nothing is certain until the official launch.

Huawei’s keynote is taking place right before MWC 2019 starts on February 24. We’ll be there to give you the latest news and, of course, a good look at Huawei’s futuristic foldable phone.

Via: 9to5Google

SEE ALSO: Huawei official confirms P30 Pro’s quad camera setup

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Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

Huawei won the game, though

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2018 wasn’t a great year for smartphones in terms of sales, but not every company took a hit last year. According to the latest report by Gartner, the total number of devices sold in 2018 was 408.358 million, a 0.1 percent growth from 407.845 million. The biggest losers are Apple and Samsung, both in Q4 and the whole year.

Apple sold 11.8 percent fewer units during the holiday season compared to the same quarter in 2017. Samsung also sold fewer phones during the last quarter, but the South Korean company still managed to maintain a big gap from competitors.

According to the report, Apple is mostly affected in Greater China since buyers are now delaying their upgrades as they wait for bigger innovations. Alternatives are gaining popularity due to their cheaper prices as well.

While two of the biggest names in the industry suffered losses, Huawei, on the other hand, increased their sales and is now close in taking Apple’s coveted second spot. The Chinese tech giant managed to sell an additional 52 million phones in 2018.

Xiaomi and OPPO also gained a few extra millions of sales during the last quarter of 2018. Interestingly, Xiaomi was able to overtake OPPO for the whole year with a 7.9 percent market share versus 7.6 percent.

SEE ALSO: Apple users take longer to upgrade than before

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