Top news of 2018: Q1


As the year 2018 draws to a close we are hoping 2019 will be an interesting one. We are also taking the chance to remind ourselves what the past twelve months brought. We’ll go about it chronologically, starting with the most interesting stories from the first quarter of 2018.

The first three months of the year set the tone for what’s to come. There’s CES in early January, the MWC in late February and a variety of one-off events in between. Here are the 30 most-read news article we published between January and March.

The Galaxy S9 duo launched at a Samsung Unpacked event, but not before a torrent of rumors came out of the rumor mill. One leak proved fairly accurate in revealing the S9/S9+ memory configurations. The leak also predicted that there will be no 512GB model, Samsung left that for the Note9. The first photos we saw showed few design changes from the S8 and it looked like the screen to body ratio would remain essentially the same.

Notches were a major concern this year and people groaned at the sight of early Huawei P20 renders. Those got the notch right, but not the fact that the company kept the fingerprint reader on the bezel below the screen for both the P20 and P20 Pro (which this leaks called “Plus”).

We handled the vivo APEX at the MWC and were wowed by its in-display fingerprint reader and pop-up camera – vivo’s answer to the notch problem. But that was merely a prototype, we didn’t expect the vivo NEX S to launch just months later.

Speaking of notches, we rounded up all notched phones at the MWC for a photo shoot. Looking back at our sarcastic tone it’s clear we were still getting used to the taste of the notch. We wonder how we would have reacted if we had seen the Pixel 3 XL in February.

A mostly-accurate OnePlus 6 spec sheet sparked a lot of interest. At that point we already knew about the notch.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro made a big splash by selling 300,000 units in under 3 minutes, just two weeks after the phone launched. The interest in an extensive spec leak the day before launch already hinted this phone will be a hit.

It’s easy to forget how young New Nokia is – it was only in February when we were looking at images of the Nokia 7 plus. This would the HMD’s first 18:9 phone and it would prove to be one of its most popular models (and it already has a successor, the Nokia 8.1).

There were Nokia 8 Pro schematics that hinted at a five-cam setup. This device was rumored as “Nokia 10” first, then “8 Pro” and most recently “Nokia 9”. But rumors is all we got – the year is over and HMD’s flagship is still nowhere to be seen (the 8.1 is really more of a “7.1 plus”).

Here’s the list of the Top 30 news article from Q1 this year (in chronological order).

Rumor reveals Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ memory configurations

The Galaxy S9 will be available in 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options, while the Galaxy S9+ will come in 6GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB variants.

Vivo unveils first in-display fingerprint smartphone at CES 2018

The company says the device is ready for mass production.

iPhone 6 takes massive performance hit after Spectre patch

CPU performance becomes significantly lower after installing the iOS 11.2.2 update.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 specs leaked by China's 3C

The phone will have two versions with different chipsets – one with SD630 and another with SD636.

Galaxy S9 and S9+ press images leak, look largely familiar

The devices are expected to go on sale on March 16.

Xiaomi Mi 7 specs leak, 8GB RAM confirmed

The battery capacity of the upcoming flagship will be 4,480 mAh.

Leaked Mi Mix 2S banner showcases stunning design and a Snapdragon 845 powerhouse underneath

Xiaomi could take the edge-to-edge display concept to a whole new level.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro specs leak in full

Redmi Note 5 is the Redmi 5 Plus; Redmi Note 5 Pro is coming with SD636 and iPhone X-like dual camera.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8: comparing the screen to body ratio

Will the new Samsung flagships have better StB ratio? We try to give an early answer based on leaked images.

Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro

18:9 displays and 4000mAh battery are common features but the Pro gets a dual rear camera and the new Snapdragon 636.

Check out the first Redmi Note 5 Pro camera samples

First photos, taken right after the announcement in New Delhi.

Nokia 8 Pro with Snapdragon 845 incoming

The phone will have advanced camera features, backing previous rumors of a penta-lens camera module.

Samsung Galaxy S9 leaks leave little to the imagination

Press renders and most specs leak six days ahead of the official announcements.

Samsung Galaxy S9 stars in premature hands-on photos

The new flagship will not be unveiled until Sunday, but new leaks are coming faster and faster.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro sells out in seconds

The company says 300,000 units sold out in under three minutes, fans claim it took just several seconds.

More Nokia 7 Plus images leak, showing the Black and White colors side by side

There’s a good chance that we’ll see this – HMD’s first 18:9 phone – will be unveiled at the MWC in a few days.

Sony Xperia XZ2 image and specs leak ahead of Monday's unveiling

The flagship line gets a new design language to match its new 18:9 screen. The super slow-motion camera is getting an upgrade too.

Google Lens expands to all Android and iOS devices through Google Photos, flagships get it in Assistant too

So far it has been a Pixel-exclusive feature.

Photos of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ hit the web early

The photos feature the S9 and S9+ side by side and shows three of the color options.

Samsung Galaxy S9 promo video leaks

In it, Samsung promises “up to” 4 years of security updates for enterprises.

Huawei P20 and P20 Plus show off their notches in leaked press renders

Perfect timing to get your mind off Samsung’s S9 duo and everything else that’s happening at MWC.

Leaked photos claim to show iPhone X Plus display and digitizer

The stills apparently originate from a trial production run at an LG factory and offer some idea regarding proportions.

This might be the OnePlus 6 and it has a notch in the screen

The back is different too, with a repositioned camera and a new fingerprint reader compared to the 5T.

Vivo APEX concept hands-on: a half-screen fingerprint scanner and a periscope camera

Check out the awesome tech which vivo has implemented into its all-screen Apex concept smartphone, which was revealed in Barcelona.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs. Apple iPhone X camera comparison

We’ve decided to do a quick shootout between the two flagships while we are still in Barcelona.

The notch is spreading for no good reason: the MWC was rife with iPhone X lookalikes

Wouldn’t you know it, Apple started another design trend in the mobile world – screens with a bit cut off the top.

Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ spotted at Geekbench

The naming is uncertain, but the model numbers suggest it – SM-A600 and A605. The 2018 edition of the A-series is made up of only the A8 for now.

OnePlus 6 specs sheet leaks

The phone with model number A6000 will arrive with notched display and Snapdragon 845.

Xiaomi launches updated Redmi Note 5 with brighter camera, AI

It’s the Indian Redmi Note 5 Pro but with additional features and improvements.

Check out our first Huawei P20 Pro benchmark results

The Kirin 970 is now six months old, but is it still relevant?

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