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Apple iPhone 9, iPhone SE 2 rumor roundup

Newer iPhone parts in an old body

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It hasn’t even been a full two months since 2020, but rumors about the next cheapest iPhone have been overflowing since October last year. Whether it’s about the price, renders, specs, and even in-store pre-orders, leaksters can’t keep their mouths shut.

Disclaimer: Everything you see here are just leaks and rumors and nothing has been confirmed yet.

iPhone 8-like design (plus red color option)

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The images we made are based from OnLeaks and Svetapple’s renders. They both show that the design is based from the two-year-old iPhone 8. Ming-Chi Kuo, a prominent iPhone leakster, has further solidified that this next iPhone will have the same form factor. The materials will mostly feature an aluminum and glass sandwich. It’s never early to tell that a stainless steel frame is unlikely going to happen considering the minimal cost of production.

While it’s unfortunate that both the Max and Pro series of iPhones never had a Product (RED) option, Kuo has confirmed that this model will come with the special colorway. Though there are no news whether this iPhone will have a gold finish or not.

Same 4.7-inch Retina Display (and Touch ID isn’t dead yet)

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With the same design in mind, the second generation iPhone SE will most likely have a Retina Display found on the iPhone 8. Although the 4.7-inch screen size has been evolving since the iPhone 6 from five years ago, expect little to no display improvements other than the inclusion of Apple’s True Tone technology.

It’s also expected that it’ll have Touch ID (instead of Face ID) to keep manufacturing costs low.

iPhone 11-grade performance

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We’ve heard that the next A14 Bionic Chipset is reserved for the upcoming iPhone 12, so the iPhone 9 will likely feature the A13 Bionic Chipset found on the iPhone 11 series. The RAM might be limited to just 3GB like the iPhone X and iPhone XR, but it’ll still have a major bump in processing power. Who knows? It might even beat the iPhone XS and XS Max altogether considering the inclusion of a newer processor.

iPhone XR-esque camera sensor

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Remember when the iPhone SE had an edge by having the same sensor as the iPhone 6s with 4K video over the 5s’ lackluster camera? Apple might just do the same with the SE’s successor. Although no specifics were given, it’s probable that this will still ship with a single-rear camera setup with a larger image sensor — similar to the iPhone XR.

Launch date and pricing

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It’s rumored that the base model of the iPhone 9 or SE 2 (with 64GB of onboard storage) will cost around US$ 399 — which was the same retail price as the iPhone SE when it was launched four years ago.

As reported by the popular leakster Evan Blass weeks ago, it might be launched around mid-March. Consumers should expect less units though due to the 2019-coronavirus strain (COVID-19) outbreak that halted a lot of businesses and production lines in China and parts of Asia.

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realme X3 SuperZoom, realme Watch arrive in PH

At really competitive prices

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realme truly is shaking things up with the launch of two new devices to add to its ever expanding portfolio. The realme X3 SuperZoom and the realme Watch are now officially in the Philippines.

realme X3 SuperZoom: First flagship smartphone in PH

The company is referring to The realme X3 SuperZoom is the first flagship smartphone that they are bringing over to the Philippines.

Inside, it’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor with 12GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. It has a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with support for 120Hz screen refresh rate.

It has a quad-camera setup. The main 64MP ultra-high resolution wide angle camera is flanked by the 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, an 8MP periscope lens, and a 4MP macro lens.

The 64MP lens is the Samsung ISOCELL GW1 — the same sensor realme has used for their 64MP phones. The periscope lens is capable of up to 60X hybrid zoom which is great as long as you don’t do creepy things with it.

realme has also been proud of the work they have done on their phone’s Night Mode, taking it even a step further with Starry Mode. This is essentially an astrophotography feature that should come in handy when we’re finally allowed to actually stay outdoors.

In front it has a 32MP camera and it shares some video shooting features with the rear camera like UIS Video Stabilization, and in-software bokeh effect.

realme Watch

The realme Watch, meanwhile, is a fitness band that doesn’t look like most fitness bands. It foregoes the slimmer design and instead gives us a 3.5cm (1.4”) display.

It has 14 different workout and sports modes, has a camera shutter, water reminder, and meditation features. The watch can also track your heart rate, sleep, and monitor your blood-oxygen levels.

Price and availability

The realme X3 SuperZoom will retail for PhP 24,990 (US$506). Pre-order starts on July 9 to July 17 in realme concept stores, kiosks and select stores nationwide.

During the pre-order period, customers will also get to claim exclusive realme Buds Air Black worth PhP 3,990 (US$ 81).

The realme Watch will retail for PhP 3,990 (US$ 81) and will be available alongside the X3 SuperZoom. Customers may avail the device at PhP 1,000.00 off during Lazada’s 7.15 mid-year sale.

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Android 11 is launching on September 8

Leaked detail spotted on video

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As always, Google is gearing up for the next Android release. This year, the developers are working on Android 11. Though the beta launch suffered a few speed bumps, the new software is still expected to come out later this year.

Spotted by PhoneArena, Google already has a release date for the update. Recently, Google hosted a Smart Home Summit for all developments for the company’s home technologies. However, the more revelatory detail comes from one slide in the presentation. The one slide clearly indicates when Android 11 will launch — September 8.

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According to the slide, Google is alerting developers to make their smart home products compatible with the latest version by the launch date. Even if you don’t have smart home appliances, it seems pretty clear that Google plans to hold its first public release of Android 11 on the said date.

Of course, the September 8 launch date might not mean the exact date that you’ll get the update on your phone. Android availability has always been a contentious factor of the mobile operating system. Most smartphones, especially old non-flagship phones, often get the latest update weeks or months after the official launch. Though some brands have already pledged their support for Android 11, the “when” is still in question.

Regardless, Android 11 is coming soon. If you’re getting a new device anytime soon, you’ll likely enjoy the new update shortly after it comes out.

SEE ALSO: Google is finally working on an AirDrop competitor for Android phones

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leaked in hands-on video

Some big changes from the Note 10

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Everyone wants to get their hands on the Galaxy Note 20. Despite the overwhelming rush of rumors, more and more leaks are still coming out in anticipation of the launch on August 5. Today, a new source has leaked a hands-on video of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Now, if you’re caught up with the latest rumors, you’ll know that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the more premium of the two entries in the upcoming series. More than its littler sibling, the Note 20 Ultra has received more fanfare from leakers and reporters. Still, the new video is a welcome addition to the growing list of leaks.

Leaked by YouTuber Jimmy is Promo, the one-minute video shows some new information about the new phone. For one, the Note 20 Ultra will come with Android 10 and One UI 2.5 out of the box. Unfortunately, not much else can be extracted from the short video. The leaker took pains to obscure the device’s specific identity. However, the biggest reveals are about the phone’s hardware.

Most notably, the S Pen and speaker locations have switched over to the left side, compared to the traditional right-side placement. If you have a current generation Note right now, you might find it hard to get used to the new placement at first. However, the leaker claims that the current S Pen will also work with the upcoming device. Samsung has not elucidated on additional stylus features yet.

Also, the new camera bump is a lot more prominent. The triple rear camera setup rises above the rear panel, necessitating a phone case to even out the addition.

With the latest video, it’s getting harder and harder to wait for the official launch. As revealed yesterday, the Note 20 series will officially launch online on August 5.

SEE ALSO: Samsung accidentally leaked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra images

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