There’s already a flood of rumors and leaks about this year’s set of incoming heavyweights, including the iPhone 12, OnePlus 8, and P40 Pro, along with a handful of other intriguing-looking handsets.
Here’s a look at our most-anticipated phones of the year ahead, including links to extensive previews for many of them. Stay tuned, as we’ll be updating this list throughout the year as new phones leak and launch.
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 line is official, and it includes the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra along with the base model.
They’re identical from the front aside from screen size – 6.2in, 6.7in, and 6.9in respectively – with a Note 10-Esque punch-hole camera cutout at the top center. There’s a bit less bezel than the Galaxy S10, plus the screen is pretty much flat this time around. They’re QHD+ displays with 120Hz refresh rates, but you can only hit that super-smooth peak if you opt for Full HD resolution instead.
On the back, there are more differences: there are three cameras on the S20 and four on the other two models, but the S20 Ultra bulks up with a beefier back camera array that includes a 10x hybrid zoom/100x digital “Space Zoom” feature (the others do 3x/30x). All three of ’em shoot 8K video, too, so expect sterling footage.
With large battery packs (ranging from 4,000-5,000mAh) and 5G support across the board, except on an optional base LTE model, they’re as perk-packed as we’ve come to expect from Samsung phones. The Galaxy S20 sells for £799 (LTE)/£899 (5G), the GS20+ goes for £999 (5G), and the Ultra pushes up to £1,199, and they’ll all be available come 13 March.
Apple iPhone 12
After three versions of the bold and inventive iPhone X design, will 2020 see Apple shake things up? Rumors point to yes, but it’s still very early.
Reports suggest an iPhone 12 that keeps the all-screen face while adopting a flattened metal frame that’s more akin to the classic iPhone 4, not to mention the current iPad Pro. Screen sizes could shift a bit too, going to 5.4in, 6.1in, and 6.7in (as opposed to the 5.8/6.1/6.5in of now).
As for the notch… well, there’s no consensus there yet. We’ve seen concepts suggesting no notch at all, with all of the sensors packed into the slim upper bezel, while others claim Apple will redesign the notch. It’s TBD at that point, in terms of what we know. Rumors also point to a four-eyes design on the back, with a time-of-flight camera added to the current trio of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.
We should see the iPhone 12 models launch in September, and there’s no indication yet on pricing… probably not cheaper than the current models.
Huawei P40 Pro
Early leaks suggest that the Huawei P40 Pro will continue the design evolution seen since the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, mixing and matching to create what might ultimately be the company’s best flagship hardware to date.
This purported leaked render from Evleaks offers a look at what we’re expecting the P40 Pro to look like. Leaks point to a waterfall-style curved “Horizon Display” (around 6.5in) at QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. You’ll see a dual-camera punch-hole cut out there, too – but more noticeably, a huge back camera module with five total cameras. And a rumored 5,500mAh battery would be absolutely enormous. Yes, please.
The Mate 30 Pro was fantastic from a hardware standpoint, but the lack of Google services essentially killed it… and reportedly, Huawei won’t have them on the P40 Pro unless the situation with the United States clears up quickly. A Huawei rep reportedly pointed to a late March debut in Paris, so it shouldn’t be long before we see the real deal.
With a new phone out every five or six months, it’s no surprise that we’ve already heard some things about the OnePlus 8. Expected to launch in late spring, the standard OnePlus 8 looks to swap the current waterdrop notch for a Galaxy S10-like punch-hole camera in the upper left of the screen.
We’re not sure yet whether the OnePlus 8 Pro will stick with the pop-up selfie camera from before, but we’re eager to find out. And rumors suggest that the OnePlus 8 will finally incorporate wireless charging, one of the only flagship features that the company has skipped to date, but we’ll have to see how that impacts price if true.
As usual, OnePlus is drip-feeding official details – and the first is a confirmed, super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate for the screen, beating the excellent 90Hz screens of its 2019 models.
OnePlus 8 Lite
Will OnePlus launch a mid-ranger, too? That’s the rumor, according to OnLeaks and 91Mobiles. They point to a handset that a centered punch-hole cutout on what looks to be a flat-screen, and a left-side rectangular camera module on the back with two sensors.
The screen is expected to be about 6.4-6.5in and will likely pack in an in-display fingerprint sensor, but beyond that, there aren’t a lot of details on specs. Still, OnePlus has routinely offered flagship-level phones during its existence, so we’re curious to see what a trimmed-down edition looks and feels like if this leak is legit.
Google Pixel 4A
The Google Pixel 3a was one of last year’s most surprising phones, bucking Google’s high-end trend to deliver a flagship-quality camera paired with mid-range specs – at a reasonable price.
We’re expecting that trend to continue in 2020 with the release of a Pixel 4a, and OnLeaks and 91mobiles have produced concept render based on what they’re hearing. The images show a phone that skips the huge, sensor-packed “forehead” bezel of the standard Pixel 4 and instead opts for a Galaxy S10-like punch-hole camera cutout on the front. OnLeaks pegs the screen size at 5.7 or 5.8in for the standard model (the Pixel 3a was 5.6in).
The back has what looks like a smaller square camera module, and the fingerprint sensor returns. It’s like a hybrid of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4, really, which sounds pretty appealing. Most likely, it will launch in early summer like the Pixel 3a did last year, and we’re hoping to see similar mid-range price points again.
Apple iPhone SE 2
Haven’t been keen on Apple’s recent shift to extra-large devices? You might be in luck in 2020, as building leaks and rumors suggest that Apple will finally, finally release a successor to the smartly pint-sized iPhone SE 2.
However, this one will reportedly take after the iPhone 8 instead, which means you’ll get a 4.7in LCD display, the familiar rounded shape of Apple’s last-gen handsets, and a Touch ID sensor. At least it’s expected to pack Apple’s latest and greatest processor, the A13 Bionic, so it will be comparable in performance to the iPhone 11 models.
This concept renders from OnLeaks and iGeeksBlog offer a good idea of what to expect. Look familiar? Leaks point to a late March launch and early April release. There’s potential for “iPhone 9” branding rather than iPhone SE 2, too, with a price point that we’d guess to be in the £400-450 range. That’s a total guess, however.
Motorola Moto G8 Power/Moto G Stylus
We already got the Moto G8 Plus in late 2019, but that won’t be the extent of Motorola’s latest generation of budget contenders. Motorola also recently announced a Moto G8 Power alongside the intriguing Moto G Stylus.
The Moto G8 Power is sort of a hybrid of the philosophies of past Power and core G models, with a large 6.4in 1080p display and a massive 5,000mAh battery cell, along with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip and 4GB RAM onboard. With a punch-hole camera cutout on the screen and a triple-camera main setup on the back, it maintains the Moto G’s tendency to replicate flagship trends about a year later (that’s not a negative).
Meanwhile, the Moto G Stylus keeps similar design and specs, albeit with a smaller 4,000mAh battery – but it adds in a Galaxy Note-Esque pop-out stylus, albeit at a fraction of the cost of Samsung’s very luxe flagships. This ought to be a compelling alternative for those unwilling to pay triple for a Note, and while the Moto G Stylus hasn’t yet been confirmed for the UK release as of this writing, we expect that it’ll arrive sometime this spring alongside the Moto G8 Power.
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