This week in Android: Pixel 3 review, Huawei Mate 20 hands-on, and more!

By | 21st October 2018

It’s been a week full of new phones, new reviews, and new accessories — but then again it’s #Phonepocalypse. We wrapped up our full review of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL. It’s one heck of a set of phones. They won’t be for everyone, for sure. Be sure to read the full to find out if either is right for you.

If you are looking for the best of the best in terms of specs, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro might be what you’re looking for. We’re going to wait for our full review to decide for sure, but on paper, this phone is pretty cherry. The triple-camera setup looks to be every bit as good as the Huawei P20 Pro, which we have reviewed a few months ago (TL;DR: it’s awesome). There’s an in-screen fingerprint reader and full facial recognition, too. If the Mate 20 Pro is a bit too much for you, you can check out the teardrop notch and headphone jack one the regular Mate 20 or the gaming behemoth that is the Mate 20 X.

Speaking of gaming, we saw the U.S. release of the Asus ROG phone, but that’s where the fun and games end. Essential had to say goodbye to a third of its staff, a rumor may be teasing OnePlus 6T compatibility with Verizon, and we reviewed Google’s best accessory ever. Check it out below!

Here are your top stories for the week

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL review: The Android iPhone

Our full review of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is in! Find out why we call it the “Android iPhone.”


1:55 – Google altering business model of Android to comply with European regulations

Big changes are in store for Android phones in the EU. Have you picked a side yet?


21:50 – After this week, Google looks more like Amazon and Apple

Google is building an entire ecosystem around its phones and smart devices, making it look a lot like its competitors.


28:35 – Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro hands-on: Cameras, cubed

The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro have little in common beyond their names. But we’ve got all the info you need right here!


42:40 – Huawei Mate 20 X hands-on: This is Huawei’s gaming-focused phablet

We knew about the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, but Huawei had another trick up its sleeve with this gaming-focused phablet.


46:00 – Asus ROG Phone is now available in the US, starts at $900

Speaking of gaming phones, the Asus ROG phone is official and boy is it pretty!


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

Place your bets: OnePlus 6T might work on Verizon

OnePlus already has a deal in place with T-Mobile, but rumors suggest the OnePlus 6T might work on Verizon too.


iPhone vs Android gestures: Who does it better?

Not entirely coincidentally, Apple and Google introduced gesture navigation over the last year. So who’s doing it better?


Huawei Watch GT hands-on: Huawei’s Galaxy Watch competitor

A great look and new OS brings you two weeks of battery life for this smartwatch. Take. Our. Money.


Fitbit Charge 3 review: Fitbit is getting really good at this

Speaking of which, one of our favorite fitness trackers got a refresh of its own.


Google Pixel Stand review: The best accessory Google has ever made

Google Pixel 3 on Pixel Stand

The Google Pixel Stand makes your charging phone so much more that just a phone.


Xiaomi’s most exciting phone of 2018, the Pocophone F1, is up for pre-order in the US

The Pocophone F1 is up for pre-order in the U.S., but here’s the thing…


Essential drops 30 percent of employees, mostly from hardware and sales

Essential has parted ways with a lot of its hardware and sales staff. Is the writing on the wall?


Who wants to win a Huawei Mate 20 Pro?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Huawei Mate 20 ProEnter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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