Key Stories of 2020: Q2

With the end of the year, it’s a great time to reflect on the most important stories of the past 12 months. This is the first of four installments where we look at the stories that have shaped this year.

We are now in the second quarter of 2020 and, starting from mid-April, OnePlus unveiled the 8 Pro and 8 smartphones. The OnePlus 8 Pro has turned out to be the flagship of OnePlus for 2020, which will only be replaced at the beginning of 2021. Its 120Hz display running at 1440p, wireless charging, IP68 rating, improved cameras, and a flagship price attracted attention at the time, while subsequent price cuts kept the phone relevant.

The next day Apple announced the first iPhone in a while that didn’t come close to four-digit price tags. The iPhone SE (2020) was an iPhone 8 with an improved interior – A13 Bionic chipset, iPhone XR 12MP camera – and priced at $ 399.

At the same time, Apple’s iPhone 12 line has begun to take shape through rumors and renderings. We first saw the flat-sided design. One of the most popular stories at the time featured the iPhone 12 Pro Max CAD renders, which now in hindsight seem very close to the final product, with the exception of the camera island.

One story claimed that Apple would release its next-generation iPhones in late November, which turned out to be only halfway through: the iPhone 12/12 Pro launched in October, while the iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max they were released in November.

After months of teasing the hardware, Sony has finally shown the PlayStation 5 in all its imposing glory. It swaps the old spinning storage with an SSD, brought a new DualSense controller, RayTracing support, and high FPS gaming – up to 120fps at 4K.

Xiaomi had a couple of big announcements. The Mi Note 10 Lite brought an attractive design, a huge 5,260mAh battery, 6.47-inch AMOLED and a 64MP camera for € 399. Xiaomi also formalized MIUI 12 and released its beta to an extensive list of devices. Then there was the new Mi Band 5 with a larger display and a new magnetic charger for $ 26.

Poco made waves with the Poco F2 Pro. It brought a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a large Super AMOLED display, and a 64MP main camera for € 500.

There have been a few other announcements. LG tried to redefine its image with the Velvet, Doogee released a phone with a 10,000mAh battery, Redmi made a TWS hit set in the Earbuds S.

Now is the time to look forward to the third quarter of 2020, to the next.

Apple iPhone SE (2020) has 3GB of RAM, 1821mAh of battery

Specifications are available on the China Telecom website.

The design of the iPhone 12 Pro Max was fully revealed through leaked CAD renderings

Design is a blast from the past.

Apple's new iPhone SE is a $ 399 iPhone 8 with the latest chipset and a better camera

The phone will be pre-ordered this Friday and will ship on April 24th.

Apple's next entry-level phone to be called the iPhone SE, has up to 256GB of storage

The new iPhone SE is expected to launch on April 15th.

Sony PlayStation 5's Amazon listing reveals the price

Sony will present PlayStation 5 games later today through an online event.

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Haylou Solar is a cheap hidden smart wearable gem.

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z review

The Apple iPhone 12 series will launch in late November, a new report suggests

We expect 4 models all with 5G and smaller notches.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite is official, it brings a lot of phone for little money

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite looks like a solid package for its starting price of € 350.

IPhone 12 leak: CAD-based renders show design, 120Hz screens and tilted 3x zoom camera

The details keep changing as Apple engineers try to figure out what works and what doesn’t. A 64MP camera apparently falls into the “non” column.

Sony Xperia 1 II for review

The latest and greatest from Sony is finally in our office.

Little F2 Pro unveiled with S865, 6.67 chipset

Yes, it is a renamed Redmi K30 Pro, a companion of the Poco X2, based on the Redmi K30.

Sony unveils PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition hardware

It also featured a ton of new games coming up next year.

Tecno Spark Power 2 arrives with 7

It is powered by the Helio P22 SoC and comes with two speakers for stereo sound.

The Sony Xperia 5 II may be the smallest 5G phone ever

Rumors are a little shaky, but they describe a phone with a screen smaller than 6 “(the 2019 Xperia 5 model has a 6.1” screen).

Huawei surpasses Samsung as the largest smartphone maker in the world in April 2020

It probably won’t last long, but it’s still a remarkable achievement.

The 2020 iPhone Pro phones will have flat sides, a smaller notch and a larger screen variant

Two new base iPhone models are also planned this year, a smaller and cheaper HomePod and AirTag.

MIUI 12 goes global, reaching 47 devices starting next month

The beta test starts next week.

Redmi Note 9 and Global Note 9 Pro announced

Both will arrive later this month.

IPhone SE (2020) AnTuTu scores reveal an underclock chipset

The A13 Bionic chipset in the $ 399 iPhone is closer to an iPhone XS Max than an iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Full OnePlus 8, 8 Pro specs and price leak ahead of April 14 unveiling

There isn’t much left to wonder about the upcoming OnePlus flagships.

Xiaomi Mi Band 5 debuts with larger display and magnetic charger

Great value fitness tracker as always.

The alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 20 CAD shows a leak with the Galaxy S20 Ultra camera setup

Its size makes it roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note10 +.

The Nokia 9.3 PureView will record 8K video and have exclusive ZEISS effects

The 108MP camera and the supposedly equipped Snapdragon 865 chipset in this phone should have no issues with 8K / 30fps video.

MIUI 12 officially announced

The beta test is already available for Chinese users, while the stable build is scheduled for June.

Xiaomi releases the list of devices eligible for the beta version of MIUI 12

The stable build will start rolling out around the end of June for Chinese users.

Redmi Earbuds S review

Accessibility has its price.

Honor MagicBook 14 review

A great value package enough to give their money a run.

Apple iPhone SE (2020) pricing and availability details

Here’s how much the new device will cost around the world.

Doogee S88 Pro has a 10,000mAh battery, Iron Man design cues and a sturdy chassis

The “Iron Man eyes” on the back are a pair of RGB LEDs that act as a notification light. The phone has undergone extensive MIL-STD tests.