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Upcoming Android Flagships and the iPhone Mini

iPhone 12 mini, Pixel 4a & 5 5G, OnePlus 8T

The year 2020 so far has been a terrifying one but for new smartphones launches, it has been quite successful. There is already number of trending rumors and leaks about this years remaining expected flagship killers and mid-rangers. The list is long but it includes Apple iPhone 12 mini, OnePlus 8T and Google Pixel 5, along with a handful of other intriguing, fancy and delicate handsets.

Here are the trending rumors regarding the upcoming phones, which can make a huge success in Moblie Industry. Stay Tuned for the upcoming events. It is going to be a battle of implementation, software and trying to topple each other with their best shot at it. Good luck to Google, OnePlus and Apple. Let us dig it.

Google Pixel 4a 5G & Pixel 5 with 5G as Standard

Google is all set to release its new flagship phone for 2020 with all pomp and show on September 30th. Along with that, the tech giant will bring in a brand-new 5G variant of the earlier launched Google Pixel 4A. Although their release date in India is yet to be confirmed by the company, they are rumoured to be released sometime during next month.

Google will held an event “Launch Night In” on 30 September to launch its new hardware and we’re expecting to see the Pixel 4a 5G announced at that event. So here are the details which we know on the smartphones so far:

The Google Pixel 4a 5G is expected to have the same design as the Pixel 4a, feature a polycarbonate body, coupled with a coloured power button.

The phone is rumored to come with a 6.20″ inch punch-hole full HD OLED display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels at a pixel density of 413 pixels per inch (PPI) and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Google Pixel 4a 5G is expected to be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, come with 6GB of RAM and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage.

The Google Pixel 4a 5G is rumored to run Android 11 and is expected to be powered by a 3885mAh battery. The Google Pixel 4a 5G supports proprietary USB-C fast charging. Google Pixel 4a 5G is rumoured to pack a 12.2 Mega Pixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture and a pixel size of 1.4-micron and a second 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 1.0-micron. It is expected to sport a 8-megapixel camera on the front. Sensors on the phone are rumoured to include accelero-meter, ambient light sensor, barometer, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Google Pixel 4a 5G supports face unlock. The price is expected to be $499 or 37,990 INR.

Yet another big release can be expected this year by Google at “Launch Night IN” event, no matter which processor powers the Pixel 5, you can expect 5G connectivity. Qualcomm builds a 5G modem into the Snapdragon 765G. Even if there’s a surprise and the Snapdragon 865 ends up powering the Pixel 5, Qualcomm requires phones makers to include its X55 5G modem with that chipset. The Pixel 5 may also have a 6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 90Hz refresh rate, the last of which could make your phone feel smoother in day-to-day use.

Pixel 5 is mostly likely to rock a 8MP hole-punch selfie camera, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 4,080mAh battery, an IP68 water resistance rating, and 18W USB-C fast charging. The expected price is $799 or 60,499 INR.

It looks like Google is dropping the Pixel 4’s fancy Face unlock tech and returning to the tried-and-true, much-loved, rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor. The big, nearly bezel-less screen also means it probably won’t have Soli Motion Gestures that caused Google release related issues in India and they never released it in India after all. We do get one of those snazzy modern hole-punch front-facing camera like the Pixel 4a. Unlike the Pixel 4a, the Pixel 5 may manage perfect bezel symmetry, too, including the bottom. Details regarding the Pixel 5’s body have been conflicted. Some sources have claimed it will sport an all-aluminum design, the phone is coming this fall, will support 5G networks, and will be available in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.

Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Apple is expected to provide a small 5.4-inch screen for the new iPhone 12 Mini. The “mini” naming scheme isn’t new. Apple has been using it for years for its popular devices like the iPad Mini, iPod Mini and Mac Mini. Apple is expected to provide a small 5.4-inch screen for the new iPhone 12 Mini along with the range of other phones. iPhone 12 Mini will be powered by current A14 Bionic chipset. This is contrary to the previous leak from tipster DuanRui who revealed images of the “silicone cover tags” of the iPhone 12 Mini. Apple will likely be launching 5G iPhone this year.

Size of iPhone 12 dummy models compared to existing iPhones. Credit: macrumors.com.

The iPhone 12 Mini will be cased in aluminum and will arrive with the latest Apple’s own silicon chip, the A14 Bionic chipset. The phone will come with an OLED screen, a dual-camera setup, smaller notch and an iPad Pro-like design with flatter edges. Ming-Chi Kuo claims that none of the models come packaged with a charger. The latest development was tweeted by known tipster Jon Prosser who claims that the iPhone 12 mini is definitely the final marketing name and it will arrive in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options.

According to a GizChina and Wall Street Journal Analyst Tom Forte the upcoming Apple iPhone 12 Mini will be priced at $700 or 52,999 INR. We don’t know the official launch date yet, but in the last few days, multiple reports have claimed that the iPhone 12 event is set for October 13. The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 will likely go on sale by the end of October and the Pro models should go on sale sometime in November this year.

OnePlus 8T

OnePlus is always known to release the best flagship Android smartphones. “T” series has always been a key model for OnePlus. OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro will probably have 5G connectivity. A higher refresh rate display, faster-charging technology, and improvement in camera. The official launch is confirmed and is going to take place on October 14.

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, along with a minimum of 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of storage, the 8T will get a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. OnePlus 8T is confirmed to pack 4,500 mAh battery with 65W USB-C fast charging. OnePlus 8T 65W fast charging is called Warp Charge 65 Technology, which allows 4,500mAh battery from flat to “almost 58%” in 15 minutes, and 100% nearly in 39 minutes. It will come with two cells of 2,250mAh each for faster charging purpose.

OnePlus 8T is rumoured to run on Android 11 out of the box. It will feature a quad camera setup, consisting of a 48MP primary sensor with optical image stabilisation (OIS), a 16MP secondary sensor, a 5MP sensor and a 2MP sensor. On the front, it will sport a 16MP sensor for taking selfies. The price for the 8GB/128GB version is $799 or 60,499 INR, while the higher storage version could be $899 or 68,000 INR.

Conclusion

5G technology is readily available in most parts of the globe. Major smartphone manufacturers have already released 5G-enabled smartphones. This year’s first quarter began with a nightmare and we have seen many smartphones released during this year. People have learned to live with the current situation and are moving forward in their life. October might be a month when the above said three popular mobile brands or OEMs will compete with each other and try to impress new and current users using proper implementation of software on hardware of their respective smartphones.

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Manish Gehlot

I am a privacy, security, encryption and software freedom enthusiast. I am into VPNs, TLS security. Recently I also got into technical writings including guides.

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