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Top stories from last week: OnePlus confirms Hasselblad partnership, new Mi 10 and Mate 40 phones, OPPO Find X3 series arrives with a big splash, and more

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Last week was packed full of important announcements that included new partnerships and several new products. Here is a roundup of the top stories from last week:

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OnePlus confirms partnership with Hasselblad, announces launch dates for OnePlus 9 series

OnePlus officially confirmed its partnership with Swedish camera manufacturer, Hasselblad. The three-year partnership will see both companies develop imaging solutions for OnePlus phones. OnePlus also announced that it is investing $150 million in research and development which will include the setting up of two imaging labs in Japan and the United States.

It was also announced that the OnePlus 9 series will be announced globally on March 23 and in China on March 24.


Huawei Mate 40E

Huawei Mate 40E

New Xiaomi Mi 10 and Huawei Mate 40 phones

Last week, Xiaomi and Huawei announced new models for their flagship series from last year. Xiaomi announced the Mi 10S, a Snapdragon 870-powered phone with the design of the Mi 10 Ultra and slightly upgraded features from the Mi 10 5G.

Huawei, on the other hand, announced the Mate 40E, which is a less-powerful version of the Mate 40. It comes with the Kirin 990E processor and also swaps the 50MP main rear camera of the Mate 40 for a 64MP sensor.

ROG Phone 5 Series

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ROG Phone 5 – first phone with 18GB of RAM

ASUS announced the ROG Phone 5 series last week. Available in three models including an Ultimate edition with up to 18GB of RAM, the ROG Phone 5 sets a new standard not only for gaming phones but for the smartphone industry at large.

OPPO Find X3

OPPO makes a big splash with the Find X3 series

OPPO announced the Find X3 series last week at two simultaneous events for the global market and Chinese market. The series includes the Find X3 Pro, the China-exclusive Find X3

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, and the international-exclusive Find X3 Neo and Find X3 Lite.

Partners pulling out of MWC Barcelona

MWC Barcelona plans to be an in-person event this year. While the organizers have announced safety measures such as cutting down the number of attendees, some partner companies have announced they won’t be attending the event which is stlll about four months away. Among those that have announced they won’t be attending are Nokia (not HMD Global), Ericsson, Oracle, and Sony.

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