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Week 17 in review: Sony Xperia Z4, Xiaomi Mi 4i and LG G4

Here we are, again, at the end of a busy week and, naturally, we give you a quick recap of the most-interesting topics in the news. The past few days were jam-packed with new device announcements, as well as a few interesting scoops on upcoming phones and the future of the mobile industry.

First things first, the Sony Xperia Z4 is finally official. But before you break out the champagne, there are a few notes to be made. The phone was officially announced, but only in Japan and chances are it won’t be making it to other countries in this form. Furthermore, the long-overdue device, really didn’t manage to live up to a lot of fan expectations and sea of rumors. To quote just a few – the Z4 isn’t metal, although it does have a new metal frame. It doesn’t come with a fingerprint reader and seems to be equipped with the same 5.2 FullHD display and 20.7Mp main camera as the Xperia Z3.

But there might still be hope at the end of the tunnel, as Sony has promised that there is a true next-gen flagship phone on the way this May. Also, there is already word of an Xperia Z4 Compact and a Z4 Ultra model, which allegedly made it through certification, so Sony is one again keeping us on our toes. A few other devices were unveiled this week. The LG G Stylo is now official in Korea, with mid-range specs. And so is the Micromax Canvas Spark – an ultra-affordable Lollipop phone for just $ 79.

Xiaomi made major headlines thanks to its newest smartphone – the Mi 4i. Most of us thought that it would be nothing more than a cheaper version of the Mi 4, but the device has gone way beyond that and offers formidable specs and quite impressive camera performance in a budget-friendly package of only $ 205. Lenovo also unveiled a new smartphone this week – the K80. It boasts a a 64-bit Intel Atom CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 4000 mAh battery and is also quite competitively priced at $ 290.

LG is still the center of attention with the impending release on the LG G4. After some controversy, it became clear that the market release will happen on April 29, which is just a few days away. Naturally, we are excited to see the new genuine-leather stitched back in person and also quite intrigued by the possibility of a slightly curved screen on the device, as well as a dual-SIM version.

If you think you might have missed something from the week, here is a list of what you, our readers, found most interesting in the tech world.

Sony Xperia Z4 launches with 5.2” FHD display in Japan

This flagship powered by Snapdragon 810 SoC, bears improved water and dust resistance properties.

The Xiaomi Mi 4i goes official with 5

The Chinese company unveiled its latest flagship today and it packs lots of bang for your buck.

Micromax Canvas Spark with Lollipop launched for $  79

The phone will be offered via flash sales exclusively on Snapdeal from April 29.

Sony Xperia Z4 is not the 2015 flagship, stay tuned this May

Reportedly Sony Xperia Z4 will remain a Japan-exclusive phone, while Sony will introduce its flagship in May.

Sony Xperia Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra spotted in certification list

Indonesian telecom regulatory list points at the successors of the Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia Z Ultra.

Nokia rumored to return to making phones next year

The Finnish company will reportedly license its product designs to another manufacturer.

Flipkart lists Asus Zenfone 2 in India ahead of launch

The online retailer will begin selling the smartphone in less than four days, on April 23.

LG G4 said to be costlier than Samsung's Galaxy S6

According to an LG official quoted by ETnews, the device will be priced between the S6 and S6 Edge.

Motorola begins testing Android 5.1 Lollipop for first-gen Moto X

Motorola has begun soak tests of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the original Moto X in Brazil.

Lenovo unveils K80, a phone with 4GB RAM and 4,000 mAh battery

This comes a few months after Asus announced the ZenFone 2, the world’s first smartphone with 4GB RAM.

Lumia 940 might come with 5.2-inch display, 25MP cam

Lumia 940 is yet to be announced, but latest report reveals possible flagship specs and XL model.

Wait, what? Galaxy S6 sales in S. Korea fall short of expectations

Samsung has sold just over 200,000 units of the S6 and S6 Edge till now, while there were 300,000 preorders.

The LG G4 said to feature a slightly curved screen

The upcoming LG flagship will, reportedly, have a slight vertical curve of its display.

G4 to release in Korea on April 29, LG confirms

It was earlier reported that the device will release on May 31, but that information turned out to be incorrect.

Qualcomm may tap Samsung foundries for Snapdragon 820

The chip designer could switch away from TSMC, which makes current Snapdragons.

Video shows how the Oppo R7 pulls off its bezel-less trick

The screen glass on the sides is curved to refract light and mask the bezel below.

LG G4 dual-SIM version leaks, with extra details and images

A live photo shows a SIM switcher button, revealing a dual-SIM version of the LG G4.

Samsung drops its logo from the Japanese Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

The phones will only have Docomo and Galaxy logo on the back but a clean front.

Apple is a potential buyer of Nokia’s HERE mapping business

The Cupertino giant is among the high-profile suitors approached by the Finnish company.

100,000 Lenovo A6000 Plus units to be available in first flash sale

The sale is scheduled for April 28, registrations for which have already begun.

Asus launches ZenFone 2 starting $  206 in India

ZenFone 2 models offer 4G LTE with dual-SIM, Android 5.0 Lollipop, 13MP camera, and 3000mAh battery.

TSMC to mass-produce 10nm chipsets next year

The Taiwanese manufacturer plans to outdo Samsung and mass produce 10 nm chips by the end of next year.

OnePlus One now available without invites forever

Starting today the OnePlus One will be on open sale without any region or unit limitations.

Bezelless Oppo R7 and R7 Plus might be unveiled on May 20

The oft-leaked R7 is apparently going to get a bigger brother launching alongside it next month.

Stylus-toting LG G Stylo mid-ranger goes official in Korea

The mid-range smartphone features stylus pen just like last year’s LG G3 Stylus.

Lumia flagships are put on hold as budget devices battle it out

Microsoft has announced that the Lumia 535 has finally surpassed the Lumia 520 in popularity.

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