The best time of the year is almost here – smartphone season! There are multiple smartphones expected to be released in the next couple months, and one fantastic gaming console. Here is everything that we know about this anticipated tech.
The launch of the Galaxy Note 10 is August 7th. It will officially go on sale later, around August 23rd, but you can reserve the phone now. While Samsung has only officially announced some details, there have been a number of leaks and rumors surrounding the flagship phone. We complied all of these rumors for you to review!
One of the most anticipated additions is the Snapdragon 855+ chipset. It’s built for gaming, improved graphics and 5G connectivity. The expected processor is Exynos 9825 which should bring noticeable improvements. There is an S-Pen with “Air Actions” gestures, 360 degree video and possibly a third aperture setting of f/1.8 for better low-light pictures. Many consumers will enjoy ‘Superfast Charge,’ which is a confirmed feature by Samsung. On July 23, 2019, Samsung trademarked the terms ‘Smart ISO’ and ‘AI-ISO,’ so those are two more features that may be added. In addition to the standard model, there will also be a Pro model.
Apple’s next iPhone is mainly speculation at this point. It is expected to launch September 10, with pre-orders starting around Sept 12th and the phones becoming available in-store on September 20th. It does not sound like there will be dramatic changes being made to this series, aside from major camera upgrades.
Leaks show three different cameras on the back of the phone in an odd square formation. One will be a wide-angle lens. The front-facing camera will support slo-mo video at 120 fps. Smart Frame will allow advanced editing and cropping of images. Like the previous launch, there will be three different models that will be roughly the same sizes as their predecessors. 3D touch has been cancelled for this series and replaced with ‘leap haptics’ that uses a Taptic Engine.
The popular Nintendo Switch is getting a younger sibling with the Nintendo Switch Lite. This more affordable option will be available for purchase on September 20th for $199.99. It comes in three colors: yellow, grey and turquoise. You can also get two Pokémon editions available on November eighth: Zacian and Zamazenta.
Nintendo’s new, lightweight, smaller controller is designed for gamers on the go. It only works as a handheld gaming system with built-in controllers. There are more than 2,000 games to choose from and more are being added all the time. The Switch Lite can link up to 8 other Switch or Switch Lite players. Additionally, there are parental controls, which might make this device a great option for kids.
Back in 2004, the original Motorola Razr was a popular phone. Now it is expected to have a major upgrade and join the foldable phone family. Motorola’s VP of global product told Engadget back in Feburary that the company has, “no intention of coming later than everybody else in the [foldable device] market.” This means that they are planning to launch around the same time that Samsung finally releases their Galaxy Fold. Speculation says this will happen sometime in September.
While no official price has been announced, experts estimate that the phone will cost around $1,500. It will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 on a chip processor and likely come in three colors: white, black and gold. One model will have 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, and the other model will have 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage. When the phone is shut, it will have a small screen and single camera. When it is open, it will have a large, full screen the length of the entire phone. This launch will be playing heavily on nostalgia, making it one of the most anticipated tech releases for past Razr owners.
If Google follows past patterns, the Google Pixel 4 will launch in October. Two exciting features have already been announced: face unlock technology and Soli. The face unlock is an upgrade from the fingerprint sensor. The best part is that it will function when the phone is upside down. Google promises that the face recognition technology processes images directly on the device, so the images are never shared with other Google services. Next, Soli, a motion-sensing radar, will detect hand gestures near the phone. According to Google’s blog, this will, “…allow you to skip songs, snooze alarms, and silence phone calls, just by waving your hand.” Because this technology is new, it will evolve over time.
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