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Top news of 2018: Q3

With the FIFA World Cup raising competitive spirits, we decided to run our own championship – the Smartphone World Cup. The final pit the Galaxy S9+ versus the OnePlus 6 and it became our most-read news article for Q3 (and here’s the result of the match).

The launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 caused a disproportionate amount of excitement for a $140 phone, but that was good news for both Xiaomi and Amazon (which had exclusivity in India).

On the other end of the spectrum, the iPhone rumor roundup and eventual launch were also a defining moment of the July-September quarter. The iPhone XR launch was followed with a detailed exploration if it’s worth it.

The buzz around foldable phones has been building up all year, but time frames change. Samsung’s was supposed to launch this year, but we’re more likely to see it at the MWC in 2019. Early concept renders looked cool, but ultimately proved inaccurate.

Both the iPhones and especially foldable phones really push the boundaries of price. This gave Xiaomi an opening to launch the Pocophone F1 at just $300. That price is doubly impressive considering the face scanner and S845 chipset with a heat pipe (seen in this teardown). Xiaomi also had a fun – as in “funny because it’s true” – campaign about what you can buy for iPhone kind of money.

Chipset performance is still an important metric and our Snapdragon 710 benchmarks and Galaxy Note9 benchmarks were quite informative.

Here are our Top 25 most-read news articles for Q3, presented in chronological order.

Top 10 fan favorite phones of H1 2018

Five flagships and five mid-rangers are fan’s favorites phones for the first half of 2018.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3's latest live image shows no chin and extremely thin bezels

Leaked hands-on image of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 reveals true full-screen design.


Benchmarking the Snapdragon 710

We take a closer look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, as found inside the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.


Smartphone World Cup: The final

One of the semi finals was a real nail-biter, but we finally have the two finalists.


Xiaomi Mi Max 3 arrives with 6.9” screen and 5,500 mAh battery

The phone runs on Snapdragon 636 and has a dual AI camera on the back.


Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite appear in Romanian stores, here are the prices

Yes, it is too early for these two to be making official appearances – the unveiling isn’t until Tuesday next week (July 24).


2018 iPhones: Everything we know so far

We round up everything we know so far about Apple’s 2018 iPhones and give you our predictions.


Samsung Galaxy Note9 performance compared to Galaxy S9+ and Note8

We’re taking a look at how the Note9 performs against the Exynos and Snapdragon versions of the S9+ and Note8.


Samsung's foldable smartphone gets portrayed in concept renders

The images are based on all the previously outed patents covering the Galaxy F (or Galaxy X).


Huawei Mate 20 - here's how it will look and all of its specs

This is the biggest Huawei Mate 20 leak so far.


Xiaomi Pocophone F1 goes official with Snapdragon 845 and a $300 price tag

The price starts at INR20,999 ($300) and reaches INR29,999 ($430) for the 256GB version.


Pixel 3 XL review appears - pricing, features, camera samples

Plus more details about future Google products and some unknown specs.


Pocophone F1 teardown: a closer look at the 'LiquidCool' heatpipe and the face scanner

The Poco appears solidly built with many screws holding it together and it looks surprisingly easy to repair.


Samsung confirms its first foldable smartphone is coming this year

The CEO said that they might introduce it during SDC 2018 on November 7-8.


iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and 6.1

Yes, the biggest Apple handset ever is apparently going to be called iPhone Xs Max.


Nokia 9 hands-on image leaks, shows five cameras on the back

The much anticipated true Nokia flagship seems closer to launch than ever.


Samsung reveals Nokia 9 storage options... wait, what?

Samsung’s buyback page details four different Nokia 9 models, including single/dual SIM versions.


Apple iPhone 9 (or Xc or Xr) pictured a day before announcement

We sure can’t wait to find out what the 6.1-inch iPhone will be called.


Apple iPhone XS and XS Max announced with 5.8

They refine the iPhone X design, bring new storage options and double down on the notch and Face ID.


Apple iPhone XR has a tall 6.1

This is the successor to both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.


Dissecting the Apple iPhone XR: what you gain vs what you lose

Possibly the most interesting iPhone to launch this year.


Xiaomi puts up the XR, XS and XS Max for sale, and those aren't just phones

In a jab at Apple, Xiaomi is offering three bundles at the prices of the latest iPhones, and each consists of a phone, laptop, and accessories.


Xiaomi Redmi Y2 arrives in Blue and Black

The sale begins tomorrow at 12 noon in India at Amazon and Xiaomi’s stores.


Facebook Messenger’s new UI has started rolling out to a few users

Facebook announced the new interface back in May and we’re only now seeing signs of an imminent update.


Never mind the ugly notch, the Pixel 3 XL is going to be a big deal

You can have your Galaxy Note9’s and iPhone XS Max’s, I’ll wait the Pixel 3 XL.


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