This week in Android: Moto Z3 and Lenovo Smart Display reviews, Xiaomi’s new sub-brand, and more

We have two new reviews hot off the press this week. Be sure to check out our review Lenovo’s first Smart Display, as well as our in-depth look at the Moto Z3, and a comparison to its rivals in the space. We took a look at the Oppo R17 and its snazzy way to do the notch. We also went hands-on with a new phone and sub-brand from Xiaomi — welcome to the Android world, Poco/Pocophone by Xiaomi (depending on where you live).

Also, T-Mobile continued its Uncarrier ways this week, focusing on customer service. Big Magenta has promised to eliminate hold menus while waiting for service — no more pressing 1 for sales, 2 for technical support, and so on. Add to that, T-Mobile has some special deals in-store for its current subscribers and a way to test drive the network if you’re thinking about hopping on board. It was a good week to be a T-Mobile customer.

We round it all off this week with a deep look at 5G, the history of the S Pen, and a new awareness of just how much you’re using your smartphone.

Here are your top stories for the week

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05:00 – Motorola Moto Z3 review: Is the promise of 5G enough?

The Moto Z3 has one major trick up it’s sleeve – a 5G Moto Mod coming soon – but is that enough to make up for the underwhelming specs?

11:50 – Motorola Moto Z3 vs the competition

The Moto Z3 also has a pretty low price tag, so how does it stack up against the rest of the competition?

12:30 – Lenovo Smart Display review: Much more than a Google Home

Google’s first smart display is here, and we’ve got our full review. Is the screen worth the extra money?

21:11 – Hands-on: Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 takes aim at OnePlus 6

This week in Android: Xiaomi's new sub brand, the pocophone

Xiaomi has a new sub brand, and a phone to go with it. Check out the Pocophone F1!

28:20 – If Huawei has a security problem, what exactly is it?

Huawei is the number two smartphone maker in the world, but governments don’t trust it. But they haven’t told us why.

35:00 – A few days in with Digital Wellbeing, and it’s already changing my life

Digital Wellbeing is a feature that could radically alter your smartphone habits, even if you don’t use your phone that much.

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

Tear Drop Notch FTW

Oppo R17 officially revealed: This is how to do a notch

If you absolutely, positively have to have a notch, Oppo has a pretty good way to do it. Welcome to the tear drop.

Forget mmWave, Wi-Fi is the real 5G

Editor Robert Triggs gives us an in-depth look at what 5G will actually be made of and whether or not mmwave technology is overrated.

The evolution of the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen

Oliver Cragg gives us a fascinating look at the history of the S Pen and how it has improved over the years.

Who wants to win a Huawei P20 Pro or an all-access pass to Arm TechCon?

This week, we’re giving away a brand new Huawei P20 Pro, as well as an all-access pass to Arm TechCon. Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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