What you need to know
- A new rumor claims the next Nokia flagship phone will come equipped with an under-display selfie camera.
- The smartphone is expected to be called the Nokia 9.2 PureView and could be launched in the first half of 2020.
- It is rumored to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor.
Earlier this week, a report had suggested that the next Nokia flagship phone could be called the Nokia 9.2 PureView and launch in June this year. Now, a new rumor suggests the key highlight of the upcoming flagship phone will be an under-display selfie camera.
A tweet by Nokia Anew claims HMD Global is currently testing an under-display front camera on the Nokia 9.2 PureView. While Nokia Anew has a decent track record when it comes to Nokia leaks, we still need to take this new rumor with a few grains of salt.
Manufacturers such as Xiaomi and OPPO have shown off prototype devices featuring under-display selfie cameras, but neither of them has confirmed any plans of launching a phone with the technology in the near future. In fact, OPPO Vice President Brian Shen had said earlier this month that the company’s upcoming Find X2 will not feature an under-display camera, as the technology isn’t ready for mass-production yet.
If recent rumors are to be believed, the Nokia 9.2 PureView will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 chipset and may not be as expensive as its rivals. The phone is also unlikely to feature a similar fancy camera setup as the Nokia 9 PureView. Instead of using Light camera technology, the phone is tipped to come with Toshiba camera sensors.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra leaks in all its glory with full specs and images
According to German blog WinFuture, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra will pack a 6.9″ WQHD+ 19.3:9 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display with a punch hole in the center for the 10MP selfie camera with dual-pixel autofocus and a fingerprint reader underneath for biometric authentication. The Note20 Ultra will be the first smartphone to feature Gorilla Glass 7.
Around the back, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra will pack a triple camera setup comprising a 108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and 12MP telephoto units. The primary camera will record 8K videos and come with omnidirectional and laser autofocus, whereas the telephoto module will feature a periscope-style lens offering 5x optical zoom and 50x Space Zoom since Samsung decided to drop 100x Space Zoom that featured on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra will have an Exynos 990 SoC in Europe which will be paired with 12GB RAM. The smartphone will have 256GB and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage options, and it will come with a microSD card slot as well for storage expansion.
On the software front, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra will boot Android 10 with One UI 2.x. It will also get automatic OneNote synchronization and optimized cloud gaming via Project xCloud thanks to Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft. Additionally, Note20 Ultra users will have access to 90 gaming titles via Xbox Game Pass, making it a “portable gaming console”.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra with S Pen in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black colors
Fueling the entire package will be a 4,500 mAh battery that will go from flat to 50% in 30 minutes with the bundled charger. Other highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra include S Pen stylus with 9ms latency, 5G support, USB-C 3.2, Bluetooth 5.x, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, dual-frequency GPS, Samsung DeX, IP68 rating, wireless charging, and AKG-tuned stereo speaker.
The Note20 Ultra will also come with a dual SIM card slot and support eSIM functionality. It will be offered in at least two colors – Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black – and will be priced higher than €1,000.
THE FIRST PHOTOS OF THE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20 STANDARD VERSION ARE HERE
The well-known network insider under the nickname Ice Universe, which often shares reliable exclusive information about the latest products in the mobile industry, has published renders of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smartphone (standard version). Before that, we only saw images of the bigger version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, in particular, the first video was published in which we were shown the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in a hands-on, and also talked about its features.
THE FIRST PHOTOS OF THE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20 STANDARD VERSION ARE HERE
But back to the standard version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, which will receive a screen with frames wider than the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, while it does not have curvature on the sides, like the bigger model. A fingerprint sensor is built into the screen, at the back there is a rectangular block of the rear camera, which includes three camera sensors, as well as an LED flash.
The following image show the Samsung Galaxy Note20 compared to the GalaxyNote10. An insider confirms that the Samsung Galaxy Note20 will be approximately 1 cm larger in height. Both smartphones are equipped with FullHD + screens with a maximum image refresh rate of 60 Hz.
SAMSUNG DOES NOT EXPECT THE NOTE 20 TO BREAK SALES RECORDS
It’s no secret that in the first half of this year, the smartphone market experienced stagnation and falling sales. The coronavirus has done its job and the spread of the pandemic has made Samsung understand all this well. So the company does not have high expectations of high demand for the Galaxy Note 20. At least at the start of sales.
It is reported that this time the South Korean giant decided to show prudence and caution regarding the procurement of components for new smartphones. The volume of component orders from third-party suppliers is low. And all because of projected low sales at the start due to the consequences of COVID-19. Now it is difficult to predict the further development of events and what will be the demand for new products.
Judging by the available information, sales of the Galaxy S20 series did not fail, but they were lower than expected. So, for the first quarter of this year, 3.5 million Galaxy S20+ units were sold. While a year earlier it managed to sell 5.2 million Galaxy S10+. And in total during this period 8.2 million of all devices of the Galaxy S20 line, which includes three models, were sold.
But it is worth making one important note. The series itself debuted in February. And its sales started in March and in fact 8.2 million devices were sold in three weeks of sales.
Samsung launched its ‘Made in India’ Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G
Earlier today (9th July 2020), Samsung launched its aluminum Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G in India. It is the first smartwatch that the company has manufactured in its facility in the region. So, we can expect smartwatches to be sold in India from this facility for the foreseeable future. Notably, the smartwatch had already been launched about 7 months ago.
Under the hood, it has an eSIM that supports local telecom operators like Airtel and Ji. The LTE variant is only available in 44mm and will be sold in Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, and Pink Gold color variants. For those interested, you can pick up the smartwatch in its aluminum finish from 11th July 2020. It will be available through Samsung’s retail network, Samsung Opera House, Samsung.com, and other online retailers for 28,490 INR (roughly 380 US Dollars).
Although, it remains to be seen just how well the smartwatch performs in the market, especially during this time of crisis. Furthermore, with Samsung gearing up for the Galaxy Watch 3‘s launch arriving next month, that might also cut into its own product’s customer base.