The iPhone 12 and Some of the Most Anticipated New Smartphones of 2020

By Jeremy CzeckLast Updated Sep 22, 2020 11:38:41 AM ET
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It’s always exciting when you’re ready to upgrade your smartphone, and if you’re an Apple iPhone fan, then you probably wait with great anticipation to see what each new iPhone model will offer. September often sees the release of Apple’s new phones, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to some changes in the timeline. The current industry buzz indicates we can probably expect the new iPhone 12 in October 2020 instead.

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Many things have been bumpy in 2020, but some recent and upcoming smartphone releases have given us something to look forward to — at least for a while. From Apple's much anticipated iPhone 12 to breakout successes like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 and the OneNote 8 Pro, some of the most impressive smartphones to date are poised to make 2020 a little better for everyone.

How to Choose the Perfect Smartphone

If you’re like many consumers, one of the biggest challenges when you want to upgrade your phone is deciding which phone to go with next. To narrow your selection to the best option for your needs, you need to carefully consider a few key points. Start by determining your price range. It won’t do any good to fall in love with a phone that doesn’t fit comfortably within your budget. If a phone is on the pricier side, be sure to do a little research to make sure all the features you're paying for are things you will actually use.

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In terms of functionality, make sure the phone you choose is capable of running your favorite apps, as some apps are limited to certain operating systems or even specific phone models. You also need to make sure the phone you want can be used with your preferred carrier. You probably don’t want to switch carriers just to use a specific phone (or maybe you do). Check the specs on storage space, battery capacity, camera quality and other features that matter to you.

No matter how much hype a phone gets, don’t forget that you're the one who will have to rely on it on a daily basis. There’s nothing wrong — and everything right — with paying less for a simple phone if you don't spend a lot of time using fancy extra features. The same is true for justifying the purchase of an expensive phone if you actually use it for a broad range of tasks. The most important thing is to make sure you get the best value for your money based on your preferences and needs.

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Meet the New Folding Phone

If Samsung's smartphone predictions are on point, then the future is destined to be foldable. After working out the kinks in the 2019 Galaxy Fold, Samsung now plans to release its much-anticipated Galaxy Z Fold2 later this year. The official announcement of the phone’s upcoming availability came on August 5 during the company’s virtual Unpacked event. Pre-orders began on September 1st, and you can sign up on the company's pre-registration page to stay in the loop on all the latest release announcements.

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Although Samsung is keeping some of the Fold's features under wraps for now, we do know the phone will have the same book-like folding design as its predecessor. You simply fold the 5G smartphone to use it as a phone with a 6.2-inch screen. If you need more space, simply unfold it to use it as a 7.6-inch tablet.

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Best Phone for Extended Battery Life

Obviously, 2020 hasn't exactly been a "business as usual" type of year so far, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Apple recently announced the debut of the iPhone 12 would be delayed a few weeks. The exact release date is still unknown, but rumors have been swirling for quite some time about the new features the Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will bring to the table.

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One of the most persistent rumors is that the company will be using OLED screens for all its newest models along with A14 Bionic chipsets. If that’s true, the new chipset may be capable of enhancing the performance speed up to 15% while cutting down on power consumption by up to 30%.

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Assuming that Apple follows in the footsteps of its competitors and offers 5G capabilities on its latest devices — and why wouldn’t they? — such capabilities could definitely make the iPhone 12 an upgrade-worthy option. Leaker Jon Prosser shared images in late August that suggest the 12 Pro may come with a 120Hz refresh rate, making it a worthy competitor of the coveted Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, which has only debuted in China so far.

Best Phone for Photographers

Sony's website is currently offering sneak peeks of its upcoming Xperia Pro, and if you love shooting video, you need to sit up and start paying attention. The 5G smartphone comes with a rear triple-camera that gives professional photographers something to truly get excited about. Equipped with ZEISS quality lenses, real-time eye AF that works on both humans and animals, and new manual controls, the Xperia's camera can even give the rumored power of the iPhone 12 a run for its money.

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The Xperia Pro also comes with an HDMI input that allows you to connect to an actual camera and broadcast footage using 5G mmWave connectivity. With 16 built-in antenna pieces, losing your signal will become a worry of the past as well.

The 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5" 4K HDR OLED display, motion blur technology and Dolby Atmos6 sound will beautifully showcase all the 4K HDR movies you record using features like Active Mode, SteadyShot and Slow Motion. In short, if video is your thing, then this is definitely a smartphone worth your attention.

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The Gamer's Dream Phone

Shortly after Samsung's new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra were announced, sales began on Samsung's newest stylus phones. Championed by Samsung as the ultimate "power phone," the Note 20 series certainly brings a lot to the table. Made with the toughest gorilla glass ever used on a smartphone, the Note 20 features a 6.7-inch display on the standard model or a 6.9-inch screen on its "Ultra" counterpart.

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This version of the Galaxy Note may be of particular interest to gamers, thanks to an attachable controller that lets you play your favorite Xbox games right on your phone screen. The Note 20's camera is also designed to appeal to videographers and claims to feature the highest-resolution video recording capabilities available on a smartphone. Capable of producing crisp, 8K video and equipped with pro-grade editing controls, the phone is definitely worth a look for budding cinematographers.

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Both models also come with Samsung's new S Pen. Not only does it allow you to take notes on your screen, but it puts in some extra effort to straighten out your writing, allowing you to hastily scribble to your heart's content.

Best Newcomer Brand

This year, OnePlus introduced its new 8 Pro, a smartphone packed with enough great features to become a viable competitor for Samsung's Galaxy S20 Plus. Like most of the hottest phones of the year, the OnePlus 8 Pro made the leap to 5G capability and tacked on plenty of extra perks to further add to the appeal.

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The curved 6.78-inch QHD screen and 120Hz refresh rate make for a beautiful viewing experience when it comes to watching your favorite videos, scrolling through photos and gaming. The smartphone is also equipped with a 48MP quad-camera, 48MP ultra-wide angle camera, 5MP rear color filter and 16MP front camera, all of which deliver stunning photographs and videos take after take.

With 8 GB of Ram and 128 GB of storage, the 8 Pro's operating system runs on an ultra-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. The high-capacity 4510mAh battery offers both warp plug-in and wireless charging. It comes with hands-free Alexa access to help you make calls, play music and more, just by asking the virtual assistant to take care of it.

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