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After all those rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally unveiled the latest Galaxy Note 20 series. Just like last year’s Galaxy Note 10 series, you have the option to choose between two models. Albeit this time, the ‘Plus’ (+) variant gets upgraded to a more power-packed ‘Ultra’ — similar to this year’s Galaxy S20 Ultra.

The Galaxy Note series may not be for everyone but don’t fret, Samsung has made the lower Galaxy Note 20 variant more accessible to those who want the Note features without all the bells and whistles.

Meanwhile, the Note 20 Ultra is meant for the loyalists and consumers who want the best in their smartphone — with the special addition of Samsung’s revolutionary S-Pen.

There are some cuts that make the Note 20 cheaper than its bigger sibling, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to what you prefer the most.

Head over to our latest video about the Galaxy Note 20 by clicking here.

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realme launches narzo 20 Pro with Helio G95, 65W fast charging

Xiaomi should be worried

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realme started the narzo series earlier this year and it’s all set to launch a successor. The narzo 20 series consists of the narzo 20A, narzo 20, and narzo 20 Pro. These phones are made for the affordable segment and will be directly competing against the Redmi Note 9 series and POCO X2.

The phone features a reflective design that creates a multi-layer downward arrow pattern. Continuing realme’s design language, it features a vertical quad-camera setup with the narzo branding in focus. The fingerprint scanner is located on the side.

On the front is a 6.5-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass protection, and a punch-hole cut-out for the front camera.

Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 processor with Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. Storage is expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot. It has a new carbon fiber cooling system that ensures consistent performance during extended usage.

The rear features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is a 16-megapixel camera for selfies. The software supports night filters, AI enhancement, and improved low-light performance.

Backing these internal is a 4500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. realme claims it can fully charge the battery in 38 minutes. Lastly, the phone ships with realme IU out-of-the-box.

The narzo 20 Pro costs INR 14,999 for 6GB+64GB and INR 16,999 for 8GB+128GB. It’ll be available in Black Ninja and White Knight color options and shall go on sale from September 25 via Flipkart, realme.com, and offline stores.

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OPPO Reno 4 SE launches with Dimensity 720 SoC, triple rear cameras

OPPO going the Apple way

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OPPO has successfully established itself in the midrange segment with the help of the Reno lineup. Further expanding the portfolio, the brand has now launched a new phone dubbed the OPPO Reno 4 SE.

It follows the Reno 4 series design language and has a reflective back. The rear camera bump has an iPhone-like aura, but it has four circular bumps for the sensor and flashlight. In line with all Reno phones, it features extremely fast charging, powerful cameras, and a premium design.

Going by its name, OPPO has taken some inspiration from Apple’s lineup, and the phone complements the existing family consisting of the Reno 4 and Reno 4 Pro. It serves as an affordable midrange option.

On the front is a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a high screen-to-body ratio of more than 90 percent and a punch-hole cut-out for the front camera. Powering the phone is an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 720 processor that supports 5G connectivity and 8GB RAM. Storage is not expandable via a microSD card.

The rear sports a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. For selfies, the punch-hole cut-out houses a 32-megapixel camera.

Backing these internals is a 4300mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner is provided and the phone ships with ColorOS out-of-the-box.

The OPPO Reno 4 SE starts at CNY 2,499 (US$ 369) for 8GB+128GB option and CNY 2,799 (US$ 413) for the 8GB+256GB variant. The phone will be available in Super Flash Black, Super Flash Blue, and Super Flash White and goes on sale from September 25. The launch is limited to China for now and there’s no update on international availability yet.

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iPhone 12 could be more expensive than iPhone 11

It’s due to the more expensive bill of materials

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Previous rumors suggest that Apple could release the iPhone 12 with the same or lower price as the iPhone 11. However, new information from a tipster suggests that iPhone 12 could actually be more expensive than its predecessor.

A tipster from Weibo now suggests that the price of iPhone 12 could start at a much higher US$ 749. The iPhone 11 started at US$ 699. The higher starting price is due to the more expensive bill of materials for Apple’s 2020 smartphone. Compared to the iPhone 11, the bill of materials for the iPhone 12 is US$ 50 more due to the inclusion of 5G components and OLED display.

The higher bill of materials means that Apple has no choice but to increase the starting price. This could potentially disappoint some buyers betting on a cheaper “mainstream” phone from the company. The rumored removal of a headphone and a charger may also baffle others especially if the price increase turns out to be true.

iPhone 12 has entered mass production already

The tipster also claims that the iPhone 12 has already entered mass production. Apple hopes to have 80 million iPhone 12 units by the year’s end, with 40% of the units comprised of the iPhone 12 Max series. It seems that major production issues have been ironed out, with the final assembly of some models taking place in early October.

As such, it is very likely that buyers and fans will Apple launch the iPhone 12 by the end of September or early October. Rumors indicate an October 21 launch, but knowing Apple, it could come sooner than later.

Source: GizChina via PhoneArena

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