Week 9 in review: Nokia, Poco, Realme and Honor announcements

The Mobile World Congress came and went and makers of all shapes and sizes took advantage of the world’s attention to showcase new stuff. Let’s take a look at the biggest stories from the week.

Xiaomi’s Poco announced the 4G variant of the M4 Pro and the brand-new X4 Pro 5G. The biggest selling point of both is the AMOLED display – 6.67-inch 120Hz on the X4 Pro 5G, and 6.43-inch 90Hz on the M4 Pro. The X4 Pro 5G has a 108MP main camera, while the M4 Pro a 64MP. Both devices have 5,000mAh batteries, but the X4 Pro 5G charges at 67W, while the M4 Pro at 33W.

The Poco X4 Pro 5G is on sale, starting at €300 with a special early bird discount of €30 for the first sale. The M4 Pro starts at €220 for the 6/128 GB model. However, there is a €20 early bird discount.

Nokia announced two new midrangers. The C21 and C21 Plus both have metal frames, 6.5-inch 720x1600px displays, and toughened glass to protect from shattering. Interestingly, there are two versions of the C21 Plus. One has a 5,050 mAh battery for three-day battery life, the other is lighter with a 4,000 mAh battery capacity for two-day battery life. In either case, you get a 10W charger (that works over microUSB) in the retail package.

We also saw the Nokia PureBook Pro laptop in 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch sizes. Nokia actually licenced its name to French startup OFF Global to produce the laptop, so it’s not exactly designed and made in Finland.

The device sports an aluminum top cover, rounded edges, big trackpad and backlit keyboard. Of course, both options come with Full HD IPS panels with up to 250 nits of brightness, but offer just one CPU option – Intel Core i3-1220P paired with 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD.

The 17-inch flavor offers a 63Wh battery, while the smaller iteration carries a 57Wh pack. The former weighs a whopping 2.5kg, while the latter weighs in at more reasonable 1.7kg.

The Nokia PureBook Pro 15.6″ will retail from € 699, whereas the Nokia PureBook Pro 17.3″ will start at 799€.

The Realme GT2 and GT2 Pro launched globally. The pair is on sale from March 15 with the GT2 starting at £399/€449 early bird price for the 8/128GB, and the GT2 Pro starting at £599 and €649, early-bird price, for the 8/128GB.

Honor announced the Magic4 series with the Magic4 and Magic4 Pro both wielding Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets and 6.81-inch 1224x2664px LTPO AMOLED displays of 120Hz refresh rate. Both phones have a 50MP 1/1.56-inch main cameras and 50MP ultrawides, but the Pro has a 3.5x 90mm periscope with a big 1/2.0-inch sensor, while the Magic4 has a conventional 8MP 5x periscope with a smaller sensor.

Magic4 Pro comes in Cyan, Gold, White and Black colors comes with glass backs while the Orange color has a vegan leather back. The baseline 8GB RAM and 256GB storage version will retail for €1,099. Honor Magic4 starts at €899. Honor Magic4 series will be available starting from Q2 2022.

Apple sneaked in an announcement for its March 8 event, at which it will likely announce new Macs with Apple Silicon, a new iPad Air, and the new iPhone SE.

Finally, Xiaomi’s 12 series will reportedly become global on March 15. You can see the full list of big news below.

Poco X4 Pro 5G and Poco M4 Pro announced, both with AMOLED displays

The X4 Pro 5G packs a 108 MP camera, quite an upgrade over the X3 Pro. The M4 Pro is a 4G version of the M4 Pro 5G from last year.

Nokia C21 and C21 Plus announced with metal frames and 6.5

The C21 Plus even has an IP52 rating, a first for the new C-series. And it has two battery options: 5,050 mAh and 4,000 mAh.

Nokia PureBook Pro laptop full details released, comes in 15 and 17-inch sizes

The two models are large and heavy, and are offered only with a 12th gen Core i3 CPU.

Poco X4 Pro 5G in for review

Do the better display and camera justify the inferior chipset?

Redmi Note 11E 5G and 11E Pro get official in China

The Redmi Note 11E Pro for China is a rebranded international Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G.

High-end Realme GT2 Pro and GT2 launch globally

The Realme GT2 Pro goes right at the smartphone elite with a 1440p 120Hz display, 65W charging.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra survives JerryRigEverything’s scratch and bend test

Gorilla Glass Victus+ still scratches at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7.

HTC to announce a flagship Android phone in April

It will reportedly focus on AR and VR with deep integration into HTC’s Viveverse platform.

Honor Magic4 series debuts with SD 8 Gen 1 chipsets, Magic4 Pro gets 64MP periscope and 100W wireless charging

The 2022 flagship Honor phones are here.

Oppo Reno7 Z 5G is official with Snapdragon 695, AMOLED screen, and Dual Orbit Lights

It comes with a 64MP triple camera and packs a 4,500 mAh battery.

Poco M4 Pro in for review

Smaller than its 5G sibling, but with an AMOLED display instead. And a new chipset, of course.

Xiaomi 12 series will reportedly go global on March 15

The company is expected to announce the launch of its latest flagship series in Europe, possibly other regions as well.

New iPad Air and iPhone SE 2022 to be unveiled at Apple's March 8 event

An Asian telecom got a hold of some product images ahead of the event.

Google Pixel Watch and Pixel 6a appear in US carrier inventory system

The pair could launch together in May.

Apple announces March 8 event: 'Peek Performance'

Expected to announce new iPhone SE and iPad Air.