Review of the week in mobile

Review of the week in mobileAnother week, another sackload of mobile news, deals, features… I wouldn’t necessarily say a “heroic” effort by yours truly, but, yeah, if you insist.

This was the week after the week of CES, and various Chinese manufacturers stepped up with new goodies, most notably Xiaomi, “China’s Apple”.

Xiaomi had us positively salivating, delivering the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro at its long-awaited launch event Thursday. See how the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro excels the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 here.

The Mi Notes aren’t exactly cheap (as far as Chinese smartphones go anyway), but Xiaomi is also tipped to be prepping a $65 LTE-compatible device for imminent launch. A presumably high-end Xiaomi Mi5 Plus has been rumoured, too.

In other Chinese smartphone news, the Meizu MX4 topped AnTuTu’s Best Android smartphones 2014 countdown, and Oppo launched the sapphire glass R1C.

Samsung was typically busy, launching the Android-based Galaxy A7 (finally!) and the Tizen-fuelled Z1.  The world’s number one manufacturer is also seemingly prepping four new midrange Galaxy tablets, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop update finally arrived in the UK. Alas, rumours of Samsung buying BlackBerry were unfounded.

In features, we looked at Five things we’re looking forward to in 2015, and the Best Chinese smartphones 2015.

Next week, as we race towards Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, we’ll inevitably hear more about the imminent Samsung Galaxy S6 (metal, Edge display(s), yadda yadda yadda), the Sony Xperia Z4 and its many siblings, and the HTC Hima.

In the meantime, happy weekending! Here’s what you might’ve missed in mobile news:







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