Apple fans the world over are excited to see what the company has in store for its iPhone line this fall, but before the iPhone 12 makes its way to store shelves, a much cheaper smartphone is expected to be unveiled. Over the past few months, rumors of an iPhone SE 2 (or iPhone 9, as some reports have called it) have been spreading like wildfire. We have seen renders, specifications, and even an early preorder campaign for the unannounced phone, but according to the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, an official unveiling might finally be in sight.
Citing industry sources, DigiTimes reports that the iPhone 9 has entered its “final phase of verification” in China. Here is the blurb from the report, which is all that we have to go on at the time of writing:
Apple will soon introduce a new LCD iPhone series, dubbed tentatively SE2, which has recently entered the final phase of verification at an assembly plant in Zhengzhou, China, according to industry sources.
The iPhone 9 was expected to be unveiled during Apple’s semi-annual spring event, which has taken place in March of every year since 2018. That might still end up being the case, but with nearly every major conference and gathering in the tech industry and beyond being postponed or canceled on account of the coronavirus outbreak, it seems highly possible that Apple will follow suit and avoid sticking dozens of people in a room together.
That said, if production of the iPhone 9 is indeed wrapping up, Apple may instead announce the phone via a press release, as it did for a variety of new devices in 2017. It might not be quite as compelling as a press conference, but there’s no point in waiting around if the product is nearly ready to ship to consumers.
Rumors suggest the iPhone 9 will have a similar design to that of the iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch LCD display and a Home button with Touch ID. Internally, the CPU will be upgraded to the same A13 that can be found in the iPhone 11 series, while the RAM will be increased to 3GB. Prices are expected to start at $399.
HTC’s first 5G phone may debut in July, could be a flagship phone
A recent report had revealed that HTC is working on a mid-range phone called HTC Desire 20 Pro even though it has been encountering losses in its smartphone business. The Taiwanese company is reportedly gearing up to launch its first 5G smartphone in July. It could either be a high-end of a flagship smartphone. The HTC Exodus 1 and HTC U12+ that went official in 2018 were the last flagship phones from the company.
In a recent interview, HTC Taiwan Chen Boyou said that when 5G arrives in Taiwan, HTC will also launch 5G-ready smartphones. It is speculated that the first 5G phone from HTC will debut in July. There is no word on the name and specifications of HTC’s first 5G smartphone. Hopefully, more details on the device will appear in the near future.
On the other hand, HTC is also planning to launch a 4G smartphone in June. The name of the device is not known yet. However, there is a possibility that it could be the HTC Desire 20 Pro smartphone.
The Desire 20 Pro is speculated to be equipped with a Snapdragon 665 mobile platform and 6 GB of RAM. Its back panel may sport a triple camera system and a fingerprint reader. It could be the first punch-hole display phone from the company.
Here’s what Xiaomi’s first phone with an in-display selfie camera might look like
What you need to know
- A new patent may have revealed the design of Xiaomi’s first smartphone with an in-display selfie camera.
- Xiaomi and OPPO had shown off their in-display camera tech last year.
- Xiaomi doesn’t expect phones with in-display selfie cameras to become a reality this year.
In June last year, popular Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi showcased a Mi 9 prototype featuring an in-display selfie camera. While Xiaomi isn’t likely to launch its first phone with an in-display selfie camera anytime soon, a new patent discovered by Dutch tech site LetsGoDigital has revealed two designs that the company could be working on.
As can be seen in the image above, the two designs are nearly identical, with the only difference being the location of the in-display selfie camera. The design sketches reveal a phone with a flat display, instead of the curved screens seen in Xiaomi’s Mi 10 series phones. As described in the patent filing, the screen area above the selfie camera becomes transparent when it is in use. When it is not activated, the area is displayed normally like the other parts of the screen.
While it is certainly possible that Xiaomi’s first phone with an in-display camera could feature a very similar design to the sketch above, it isn’t guaranteed. Even though Xiaomi has been working on in-display cameras for a long time now, the company’s Vice President said in March this year that it might take a long time for the first phone with the technology to become available. Thanks to the high pixel density of displays on modern phones, in-display cameras do not receive enough light to deliver acceptable image quality.
Xiaomi isn’t the only smartphone maker currently working on in-display cameras. OPPO and Samsung are also working on the technology, although neither of them has confirmed any plans of commercializing it yet.
Motorola’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy S20 is coming April 22
Motorola is revealing its next flagship smartphone series to rival the Galaxy S20 lineup on April 22, according to a tweet shared by the Chicago-based company today.
The Motorola Flagship Launch E-vent will be next Wednesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET. Motorola is expected to unveil two new ‘Edge’ devices at the online press conference, including the standout Moto Edge Plus.
The Edge series is positioned to replace the modular Moto Z family, which first launched back in 2016. In our Moto Z4 review, we found Motorola’s latest handset to provide a decent 5G-ready experience for a budget price, but it lagged against competitors like the Google Pixel 3a. If rumors about the Moto Edge’s processing boost prove true, it could being the company back into the premium flagship market.
Motorola’s new phone is also rumored to sport a 6.67-inch display with a faster 90Hz refresh rate, catching the Edge Plus up to the likes of the Google Pixel 4 and OnePlus 7T. We’re also expecting a 5,000-mAh battery, and a triple camera array led by a 108-megapixel main sensor and a 25MP camera up front.
We also expect to see a budget Edge device offered alongside the Edge Plus, which could pack less powerful hardware and smaller 64-megapixel main sensor.
Of course, this is all speculation. The Motorola Flagship Launch E-vent’s teaser video doesn’t confirm any of previous leaks or rumors, but we could learn more as the announcement date approaches.