Week 35 In Review: Xperia Z5, Lumia 940, Nexus 6, HTC Aero And BlackBerry Passport

By 06:59 Tue, 27 Jul 2021 Comments

As anticipation for IFA builds rumors dominated the news, but recent devices got an unexpectedly strong reception.

The Sony Xperia Z5 family was showered with interest, the Z5 Premium in particular (it's set to become the first phone with a 4K screen; note: QHD != 4K). The Z5 generation will also have a recent 23MP sensor (first upgrade since the Z1) with fast, advanced focusing.

Lumia's return to the flagship market was met with remarkable interest too. Images of the Microsoft Lumia 940 and 940 XL duo leaked out along with info recommending they will launch on October 19.

Microsoft got in the news with a very different device too – the Nokia 222 and 222 Dual-SIM. Series 30+ feature phones with social networking and messaging on board they will launch in emerging markets for $37.

The Nexus devices did a poor job of staying hidden, the large Nexus 6 by Huawei was photographed in the wild while specs rumors stabilized on Snapdragon 810 instead of 820. Samsung is assumed to be interested in the 820, but it the timeframe for a Nexus launch is just wrong.

HTC has fallen on hard times and is in poor need of a best-selling flagship. The HTC A9 Aero has such ambitions though photos of it (if real) create it see like an iPhone knock-off.

Another down on its luck maker, BlackBerry, will be shifting to Android with a recent Passport version (which we saw on video) among other devices.

Samsung was in the news a lot this week, but not in a fine way. The Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+ may have 4GB of RAM, but they clean it aggressively (which affects multitasking). The Note5's tradeimprint S Pen stylus was a headache too as it breaks if you insert it the incorrect way around.

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