Week 2 in review: Xiaomi devices, Samsung Galaxy S7 rumors


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Xiaomi undoubtedly takes the cake this week with a pair of intriguing new devices. Both the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and the Redmi Note 3 are spectacular offers, mainly for their excellent value. With a 5" display, Snapdragon 616 SoC, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera among other things, the former is priced at an almost unbelievable RMB 699 (around $105 at current exchange rates). The Redmi Note 3 ups the game quite a bit, providing a 5.5-inch FullHD display, up to 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 650 (former 618) chip. The device is not entirely new, but it does come with a more powerful SoC, integrated X8 LTE with Cat 7 speeds and support for VoLTE and also sells for the spectacularly affordable $151 for the base model. To finish off Xiaomi's presence in the news this week, there are a number of new rumors, including images and a full set of specs now available for the company's upcoming flagship - the Xiaomi Mi 5. It is shaping up to be a true high-end offer with a 5.2-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM and running on Qualcomm's latest beastly chip - the Snapdragon 820. Speaking of major device rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is getting ever closer to a release and people are still busy figuring out all of the versions it will come in and their respective release dates. Last we heard, it's a fifty, fifty affair between having a total of three or four versions. Lenovo also had a strong week in the mobile realm. It announced the Lemon 3 - an interesting mid-ranger with a 5.0-inch FullHD display, Snapdragon 616 SoC, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP main camera, which looks to be directly aimed at the Xiaomi Redmi 3 and even bears the same price tag of RMB 699 (around $105) in China. Then there is the Lenovo A7000, which was launched in India with high hopes to build on the whopping success of its predecessor and the K4 Note, which was spotted at retailers in Saudi Arabia. Speaking of which, new rumors suggest that a K5 Note is already on the way. In other news, thy mystery around the alleged resurrection of a 4" iPhone is slowly unraveling. And the Nokia brand is getting more frequent mentions in the news section as well, this time with a new leak that hints at a flying return to the smartphone realm for the company in 2016. .news-item .n-left { float: left; width: 28%; text-align: center; } .news-item .n-right { float: left; width: 70%; } .news-item a { padding-bottom: 0; padding-left: 0; } .news-item .n-right h2, .reviews-item .n-right h2 { clear: both; padding: 0 0 3px 0px !important; font: 400 19px Google-Oswald, Arial; margin-top: -4px; } .n-right p { line-height: 155%; } .news-item { padding-top: 10px; padding-bottom: 0px; border-top: 1px solid #ccc; } .news-item p { margin-left: 0; } .n-right h2 a { text-decoration: none; color: #000; } Xiaomi Redmi 3 announced with Snapdragon 616 SoC, 4,100mAh battery Priced at RMB 699 (around $105 at current exchange rates), the device will go on sale in China starting tomorrow. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with Snapdragon 650 announced 1.8GHz hexa-core CPU, Adreno 510 GPU, integrated X8 LTE with Cat 7 speeds and support for VoLTE. Lenovo Lemon 3 launched with SD616 SoC, 1080p display The device carries a price tag of RMB 699 (around $105) in China. Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge and S7 edge+ to launch simultaneously A leaked promo image mentions them in the same breath. No S7+ though. All-metal Nokia smartphone leaks in photo, could be one of three 2016 models This might be our first glimpse of a new wave of Nokia smartphones, said to come this year. Xiaomi Mi 5 shows up on retailer's website, complete with specs The page listed the upcoming flagship's specs, but not the price. Nokia 230 24K-gold-plating costs more than the phone, still worth it Vietnamese luxury specialists Karalux will do the job for you for $67. Xiaomi Mi 5 is said to arrive in two different versions According to a new rumor out of China, the upcoming flagship will get two designs. All 2016 Moto devices will have fingerprint scanners, Lenovo exec...