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OnePlus fans in the United States were bummed when the slick mid-range OnePlus Nord launched (read the HotHardware review here), but didn't come Stateside. A new report has surfaced that claims Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, has said that a Nord-branded device will be coming to the United States this year. The caveat is Pei said the device wouldn't necessarily be the same smartphone that launched outside the States. Any Nord-branded device that comes to the United States would likely be a mid-range smartphone, but there is no indication of specifications or exact timing. Smartphone makers from around the world are looking to jump into the mid-range market with devices that feature hardware... Read more...
Apple introduced the second-generation iPhone SE on April 15th, right during the middle of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic (read our review here). As was the case with the first-generation iPhone SE, this new model includes a processor from Apple's current flagship smartphone family in a body that is a few years old. That strategy of combining old and new tech while maintaining the $399 price point has turned out to be a winning combination for Apple. Despite only launching during the latter half of April, the iPhone SE accounted for an impressive 19 percent of all iPhone sales in the United States for Apple's fiscal quarter (which ended in April 2020).  "SE buyers had really old phones,... Read more...
We're likely a little over two months away from Apple's big reveal of the iPhone 12 family of products, and luckily for us, many details concerning the smartphones have already leaked out. For instance, we know that there will reportedly be four models release, with displays ranging from 5.4 inches to 6.7 inches in size. However, what has been hard to decipher is how these models will look in-hand, in real life, compared to their predecessors. This is especially the case with the iPhone 12, which for the first time brings a 5.4-inch display panel to the iPhone family. iPhone SE, iPhone 12, iPhone 7 (From top to bottom) MacRumors forum member iZac took it upon himself to obtain a dummy model of... Read more...
Competition in the mid-range smartphone market is starting to heat up, and we’re seeing not only all-new competitors enter the fray, but discounted pricing on previous “flagship” models that are incredibly enticing. Samsung introduced its latest offering to the mid-range market in the United States with the Galaxy A51 back in early May, with a price tag of $399. Late last month, Amazon offered the smartphone for a remarkable $293, which was a massive discount off its MSRP. Today, Amazon has dropped the price even further to $269 with free Prime shipping. At that price, the Galaxy A51 should be on anyone’s shortlist for a respectable smartphone that won’t... Read more...
When Apple launched the second-generation iPhone SE last month, it dropped a nuke on the mid-range smartphone market with flagship performance at a bargain price of $399. Sure, the iPhone SE's design is rather dated with huge display bezels, but it gets the basics right and the device will be supported for at least the next half-decade. Google has been playing in the mid-range space with its Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL for the past year, and has drawn praise for its value and solid camera performance. The Pixel 4a launch is imminent based on recent leaks, and Google could have a few tricks up its sleeve to combat the iPhone SE threat. According to reporting from 9to5Google's Stephen... Read more...
Apple seems like a company divided these days. While the technology juggernaut's Mac lineup continually stagnates between long-overdue updates, Cupertino's iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch families march ahead to a yearly cadence of updated designs, new features, and enhanced performance. It's almost like Apple is really two different companies—one that produces the latest in personal electronics, and another that takes long naps as the PC market passes it by. At any rate, older iPhone designs also stick around, to serve additional market segments. Last September's iPhone 11 release merely relegated older devices to lower price points, rather than outright retire them like many Android makers... Read more...
Samsung first announced its Galaxy A51 mid-range smartphone back in early December, and it came packing some very respectable specs for those that don’t want to pay upwards of $1,000 for a flagship Galaxy S smartphone. Recently, the smartphone has arrived locked to various carrier networks, and today the Galaxy A51 is now available in unlocked form. Samsung is selling the smartphone direct from its online store, or you can opt to get the smartphone from Amazon (which might be preferable if you have an Amazon Prime Visa/Store Card that gets you 5% cash back).  Purchasing from Samsung, however, gives you the option of trading in an eligible smartphone for [up to]... Read more...
As is the case with just about every Google smartphone, the mid-range Pixel 4a has leaked on numerous occasions ahead of its official release. Today, we're gaining some insight into when the Pixel 4a will actually launch, and if the report is accurate, it will be available in less than a month. This information comes from a German blog, which alleges that it received internal documentation from wireless carrier Vodafone that confirms a May 22nd launch. As Android Police points out, this date lines nicely with the canceled Google I/O event due to COVID-19, which was originally scheduled to take place between May 12th and May 14th. So, it's very possible that Google... Read more...
OnePlus burst onto the Android smartphone scene by offering a lot of features and performance for not a lot of money. However, in recent years, we've seen the prices of its devices creep upwards, making them closer in parity to some of the big names in the Android world. This year's OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro start at $699 and $899 respectively, but it looks as though there will be a cheaper offering coming later this year. The device is reportedly called the OnePlus Z, which would be the first new mid-range offering from the company since the OnePlus X debuted nearly 5 years ago. pic.twitter.com/wcD3wH4bVb — Max J. (@MaxJmb) April 28, 2020 According to leaker Max J, the... Read more...
Each time a new smartphone hits the market, we look forward to seeing the adventurous gang over at iFixit rip it apart so we can see what it looks like on the inside. Many people have been particularly interested to see a teardown of the new iPhone SE as it's essentially an iPhone 8 with a faster A13 Bionic SoC. Many have wondered precisely which components inside can be easily swapped between the two smartphones. Backwards compatibility isn't common for iPhone models, but in the case of the iPhone SE and iPhone 8, several parts can swap between the two devices. Components such as the display assembly, cameras, and Taptic Engine are swappable. Since the display assembly is swappable between the... Read more...
If you are not feeling the ultra-high price tags that flagship smartphones command, don't worry, there are capable handsets available for much cheaper prices. The iPhone SE is one of them, and we recently wrote about several Android alternatives that are worth checking out. If you are intent on getting an iPhone, though, there are a couple of smoking hot deals worth looking into—one for an iPhone SE and the other for an iPhone 8 Plus. Over at Visible, you can snag and iPhone SE (64GB) for $384. That's already a few bucks below MSRP, but the deal gets even better—significantly better. Visible is running a promotion whereby you will also receive a $200 via a prepaid Mastercard virtual... Read more...
If this were a normal year, Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 family of smartphones would be announced in early September and would begin shipping later that month. However, due to the complexities of developing a product and procuring components during the coronavirus pandemic, it appears that the debut and launch will actually be pushed back.  This news comes to us courtesy of reliable Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, who is giving his latest guidance on the iPhone 12, the iPhone SE and the alleged iPhone SE Plus. According to Kuo, the iPhone 12 will come in a total of 4 versions, up from 3 on the current iPhone 11 family. There will reportedly be at least 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch... Read more...
Not everyone has the need or desire to throw down four figures on a smartphone. Even Apple recognizes this, and it's recently announced iPhone SE (basically an iPhone 9) for 2020 starts at $399, a tantalizing price point for a smartphone that wields a fast and powerful A13 Bionic SoC, 7-megapixel selfie camera, and a 12-megapixel rear camera. While it's a decent overall value, it also means buying into Apple's ecosystem. What if you prefer Android? Well, there are lower cost alternatives that are worth checking out. Before we get to those, let's have a quick rundown of the iPhone SE specifications, so we know what exactly we are comparing against... Display: 4.7-inch Retina HD (1334x750, LCD)... Read more...
Just as we expected, Apple has launched its second-generation iPhone SE, and like the previous reports suggested, the smartphone is based on the existing iPhone 8 design. This is a big step up from the previous generation iPhone SE, which was based on the elderly 4-inch iPhone 5S chassis. The new 2020 edition of the iPhone SE, however, looks identical to the iPhone 8, but brings a big upgrade in performance. Instead of an A11 Bionic SoC, Apple has put in the current top-dog A13 Bionic SoC that is used in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models. Since it's based on the iPhone 8, the iPhone SE features hefty bezels above and below the 4.7-inch True Tone display along with Touch ID (instead... Read more...
If we needed any further evidence that a new entry-level iPhone is coming, look no further than the official Apple Store. Leaks surrounding the upcoming smartphone have alternated between the name iPhone 9 and iPhone SE, but it appears that Apple has settled on the former This confirmation comes from an Apple Store listing for the Belkin InvisiGlass Ultra Screen Protector, which retails for a hefty $39.95. The screen protector was originally designed for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, but the listing has since been updated to include the iPhone SE. Given that the iPhone SE is reportedly using the same chassis design as the iPhone 8, it would make since that this Belkin screen protector... Read more...
All signs point to Apple releasing a low-cost iPhone 9 (iPhone SE) very shortly. The latest evidence of this impending arrival comes courtesy of new cases that have showed up at nationwide electronics retailer Best Buy. More specifically, Best Buy stores have been receiving shipments of a new Urban Armor Gear case, and it's further described as being for "New iPhone 4.7-inch 2020", which is of course in reference to the iPhone 9. 9to5Mac, which originally reported on this new case in Best Buy's inventory, indicates that its source say that it cannot be "merchandised" until Sunday, April 5th. The April 5th date is rather curious, as Apple doesn't typically announce new products... Read more...
Apple is looking to make lemonade out of the lemons that it has been dealt due to the coronavirus. Like many other tech conferences past (and future), Apple is not willing to take any chances when it comes so the spreading the coronavirus with a mass grouping of people from all over the world huddled together in close quarters. Also, California regulations regarding the coronavirus would have nixed the conference anyway. As a result, the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be online-only this year. Apple made the announcement via its website this morning. Rather than lament the loss of the on-stage keynote with thousands in attendance, or the individual breakout sessions,... Read more...
Apple might be bringing back a smaller and more affordable version of its iPhone line. This would essentially be a successor to the iPhone SE (Special Edition), which came out in 2016 and was discontinued a year later. Since being yanked from the product lineup, there has not been another similarly priced iPhone. Part of the appeal of the iPhone SE was that it started at $399. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the most expensive iPhone model is the iPhone XS Max, which ranges in price from $999 to $1,449. Even the iPhone XR starts at $749, nearly twice as much as the iPhone SE from yesteryear. As things stand, anyone who wants to spend less is looking at buying an older generation iPhone—Apple... Read more...
Are you rocking an older iPhone model? If so, there is a chance that Apple will cut off support for your handset when it releases iOS 13, which is expected to debut next month. Nothing is set in stone at this moment, or more precisely, this information has not been confirmed. But if the latest rumor is true, iPhone 6 and older generation handsets will be left in the dust. That is the word from a French-language website that covers Apple-related news. Citing a "developer friend" (Google translation), iPhonesoft.fr says iOS 13 will support every iPhone handset dating back to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but not the regular iPhone 6 and earlier versions. That means the following devices will... Read more...
It looks as though we won't have to wait until the fall for the first crop of 2018 iPhones from Apple to appear. The successor to the iPhone SE, which is long overdue, is said to launch by June of this year, and perhaps as early as May. We've heard plenty of rumors about the so-called iPhone SE 2 over the past year, and the latest suggests that the smartphone will gain a glass back, which would put it in on even footing with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. This glass back will allow the iPhone SE 2 to support wireless charging, which Apple finally embraced in 2017 for its smartphones (the Apple Watch was the first Apple device to support wireless recharging). Previous rumors claimed that the iPhone... Read more...
Chatter is starting to ramp up surrounding an update to Apple's iPhone SE entry-level smartphone. Apple first introduced the iPhone SE in early 2016, and it was little more than an iPhone 5s smartphone that was modernized with an iPhone 6s-class A9 processor, Apple Pay support and improved cameras. For people that were disappointed with Apple’s move to larger 4.7- and 5.5-inch form-factors (at the time), the 4-inch iPhone SE represented a modern, lithe smartphone for those people that didn't want to pay flagship prices. Earlier this year, Apple shuffled the storage SKUs a bit, but the smartphone remains largely the same as when it was introduced over a year. That will all change early next... Read more...
When it comes to today's smartphones, it seems as though bigger is better in the eyes of consumers. The original iPhone shipped with a 3.5-inch display, but the current iPhone X ships with a 5.8-inch display. Likewise, Samsung is currently selling the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 which have 6.2- and 6.3-inch displays respectively. According to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung may be looking to go in the opposite direction with a Galaxy S9 Mini. This would be a premium device in the same mold as the expected Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, but with a 4-inch-class display. The Galaxy S9 Mini would retain the design hallmarks of the Galaxy family including the curved display edges and minimal... Read more...
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