BERLIN—While all eyes might be on Apple, Google, and Samsung this fall, they’re not the only companies releasing new smartphones. Dozens of handset manufacturers from around the world come to IFA each September to show off their latest and greatest devices, and this year was no exception.
We spent nearly a week roaming the convention halls of Berlin looking at all the new phones that will hit the market just in time for the holiday season. Here are the eight that we’re most looking forward to.
LG G8X ThinQ
If you want to hop on the folding phone bandwagon, the LG G8X ThinQ looks to be your best bet. It offers a similar folding experience to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, but it does so via an attachable 6.4-inch OLED display to provide extra durability and versatility. That’s in addition to the primary 6.4-inch OLED panel with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The G8X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, and features 128GB of onboard storage. It also has a 4,000mAh battery and an impressive 12- and 13-megapixel rear camera stack.
Pricing and availability haven’t been announced, but a representative told us the phone will be available as a standalone handset, as well as a bundle with the Dual Screen attachment, before the end of the year.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
After a rocky start, the Samsung Galaxy Fold looks like it’s ready for prime time. Samsung took painstaking efforts to address all the problems reviewers noticed early on when their units started breaking and, in the process, also managed to make the phone look more polished.
The Galaxy Fold features a Snapdragon 855 processor along with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The folding AMOLED display comes in at 4.6 inches folded and 7.3 inches open. While a 5G model will be available in other parts of the world, Samsung only plans to sell a 4G model in the US for the time being.
At $ 1,980, the Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s most expensive phone to date. It is currently available in Korea and will go on sale in parts of Europe on September 18. A US release date will be announced in the coming weeks.
Sony Xperia 5
Sony’s smartphones aren’t hugely popular in the US, but the new Xperia 5 features a gorgeous 6.1-inch OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and flagship-worthy specifications that make it a promising option for people who love to stream multimedia.
It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (with a microSD slot that accommodates up to an additional 512GB), and a 3,140mAh battery. A camera stack on the back has three 12MP sensors.
You can preorder the Xperia 5 now for $ 799. It will be available in stores beginning November 5.
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
Samsung is getting into 5G in a big way. In addition to the high-end Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note 10 5G, and Galaxy Fold 5G, the company also announced the midrange Galaxy A90 5G, which is targeted toward early adopters who don’t want to pay a massive premium.
The Galaxy A90 5G has a Qualcomm 855 processor with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It features a 6.7-inch OLED display on the front and three camera sensors on the back. Battery capacity comes in at 4,500mAh.
The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is available in Korea and will sell for 749 Euros (approximately $ 834) in the UK on October 4. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing it in the US.
The successor to our favorite midrange phone, the Nokia 7.1, the new Nokia 7.2 has big shoes to fill, but appears up to the task. It features a 6.3-inch LCD with PureDisplay, a feature that upscales SDR multimedia content to HDR. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor along with 4 or 6GB of RAM, and 64 or 128GB of storage. On the software side, it ships with the Android One version of Android P, meaning it’s sure to get timely OS and security updates.
At $ 349, the Nokia 7.2 looks especially promising. It will launch in the US later this month.
Sharp Aquos V
While you probably know Sharp for its TVs, it also makes some pretty nice smartphones, and the new Aquos V seeks to offer solid performance at a very affordable price. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (a microSD slot allows you to add an additional 256GB of space if needed). It sports a fingerprint sensor and two 13MP cameras on the back. A 5.93-inch LCD takes up most of the front.
The Aquos V starts at just 229 Euros (approx $ 255) and will be available in Germany and The Netherlands.
Want all the perks of a smartphone without breaking the bank? At just 80 Euros (approx $ 89), the Alcatel 1V looks up to the task, with a 5.5-inch LCD, a Uniscoc SC29863A processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage (along with a microSD card slot). With dual SIM slots for global markets and Android 9.0 Go, the 1V certainly isn’t a performance powerhouse, but it might make a good starter smartphone.
The 1V will be available in global markets later this year. It is unlikely to make it to the US unless it is rebranded as a carrier smartphone.
Nokia 800 Tough
The lone feature phone on this list, the Nokia 800 Tough stands out for its IP68-rated durability and 4G LTE modem, qualities we don’t always see outside of the smartphone realm. It runs Nokia’s KaiOS and features Facebook, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and WhatsApp. Inside is a 2,00mAh battery and dual SIM slots.
The Nokia 800 Tough goes on sale in October for 109 Euros (approximately $ 120). At launch the phone will only be available in parts of Europe.
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