We have officially reached the middle of 2020. Pandemic, political crisis, very serious cases of racism and even locust clouds have already marked the year. The technology world was also impacted by all of this, and the market saw changes in events, launches being postponed and even increases in product prices.
Even so, the first half was full of smartphone launches, from the most basic to the top of the line. And since the year is far from over, there are still a lot of cool cell phones coming, including some that can carry new concepts – like folding screens – to other levels.
THE TecMundo made a list of 11 new smartphones and cellphone families that are expected to arrive in 2020.
1. Google Pixel 4a, 5 and 5 XL
The most affordable version of Google’s mobile phone would build on the legacy of the Pixel 3, which is bringing the family’s excellent camera system to a device with intermediate specifications. Its launch was originally scheduled to take place during the Google I / O conference in May.
However, because of the pandemic, the event was canceled by Gigante das Buscas and the announcement never got a new date.
2. OnePlus Nord, 8T and 8T Pro
We are also watching a lot of rumors about a OnePlus intermediary, which for a time was known as OnePlus 8 Lite and even as OnePlus Z, and the idea is that he would serve as the company’s new “flagship killer”. Recent images released on the company’s social networks and deleted afterwards seem to confirm that the name of the new phone must really be OnePlus Nord.
In addition, if OnePlus maintains its usual schedule, in mid-September or October we should also get to know the company’s new top of the line, the 8T and 8T Pro.
3. ROG Phone 3 and ASUS Zenfone 7
The ROG Phone 2 was considered by many people the king of specifications among Android phones of 2019, and ASUS has already warned that the successor will be officially revealed in July, in an event in partnership with the gaming giant Tencent. A recently leaked video shows the device with a slightly more discreet design, but still with bold lines.
As for the Zenfone 7, ASUS is totally silent and playing with the cards very close to the chest, because we haven’t had any information so far. When we talked to Marcel Campos, executive of ASUS, about this, he did not give details about the device, but neither confirmed nor denied that the Zenfone 7 would repeat the scheme of the rotating camera that differentiated the Zenfone 6.
4. Xiaomi Mi Note 11 and Mi Mix 4
According to recent rumors, Xiaomi may launch a new smartphone with a 108 MP camera in 2020. It would be the Mi Note 11, or Mi CC10 Pro, in China, and it would also have an OLED screen with a digital reader under the panel, a 5,500 mAh battery and Snapdragon 775G processor, supporting 5G and NFC networks.
In addition, several rumors have been circulating since last year about the launch of the Mi Mix 4, which this time should also feature a Pro variant with curved screen and 120Hz refresh rate.
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 family
Unlike what many people believe, Samsung’s Note line is not dead and should receive news, probably in August. Rumors indicate that the Note 20 family will come in two models, but it is unclear whether the big guy will call Note 20 Plus or Note 20 Ultra. There is also the possibility of three different models, but nothing confirmed.
In any case, the devices should bring the same processor options as the S20 family, varying between the Snapdragon 865o and the Exynos 990, depending on the region. They should have 12 GB of RAM, water resistance, reverse wireless charging, ultrasonic digital reader under the glass and, of course, the renewed S Pen with some new tricks.
6. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Fold 2 and Fold E
About the folding, everything indicates that Samsung should bring a slight update to the Galaxy Z Flip with a version with updated processors, which could be the Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990, and 5G connectivity. For this reason, the novelty would be called Galaxy Z Flip 5G and would have no other differences.
The August event could also be the stage for the revelation of the second generation of Samsung’s first foldable cell phone, the Galaxy Fold. The new model would maintain the two-screen layout, with the internal one unfolding outward to be the size of a tablet.
We still have rumors of a more basic model of the family of phones that have become Samsung tablets. Called the Galaxy Fold E, it would have been thought to be a less expensive option in the family.
7. Motorola Razr 2 and Moto G9 Family
Also scheduled for August is the possible revelation of the second version of Motorola’s folding, the Razr. It would bring design improvements, but without losing the family’s nostalgic identity. The hardware may include the Snapdragon 765 processor, with support for 5G networks, as well as up to 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.
8. Huawei Mate 40, 40 Pro and X2
You are probably already tired of hearing this, but it is unlikely that Huawei’s upcoming releases will support Google applications and services, so their viability in the West is somewhat compromised. Even so, the company is expected to stick to its schedule and introduce the new Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro for mid-September.
In addition to the Mate 40 family, the expectation is that the September event will also serve as the stage for the announcement of Huawei’s new foldable cell phone, the Mate X2. While Mate Xs, unveiled in February, brought improvements to the company’s “cell phone that unfolds out and becomes tablet” style, the X2 would follow the style of the Motorola Razr and Galaxy Z Flip, with a screen the size of a normal cell phone , but it folds inward to get smaller. A small external display should show notifications.
9. Apple iPhone 12
Apple generally announces its new high-end smartphones in September, so if nothing changes because of the pandemic, we hope to see the new iPhone 12 family this month as well. The rumors indicate a slightly straighter design, mixing the style of the current generation with features that resemble those of the iPhone 5. There are supposed to be four models, divided into iPhone 12, 12 Max, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.
10. Nokia 7.3 and 9.3 PureView
With Multilaser’s partnership bringing Nokia officially back to Brazil, it is also worth keeping an eye on the company’s international launches. One of them is Nokia 7.3, which must be an intermediary with support for 5G networks. It may come with the Snapdragon 690 processor or one of MediaTek’s Dimensity line chips, and rumors also indicate that it will come with a 32 MP selfie camera and four rear ones, a 64 Megapixel main camera, an ultrawide, a macro and one deep. For now, we have no other information, but the launch is expected in September.
In the field of high-end devices, the Nokia 9.3 PureView is expected. It would come with the Snapdragon 865 and a selfie camera under the screen. At the rear, the manufacturer would have left out the weird five-camera concept of the original and bet on a more traditional triple set, with a main sensor, an ultrawide and a telephoto.
11. Microsoft Surface Duo
To end the list, we have the phone with two screens from Microsoft, the Surface Duo. The two displays are 5.6 inches each and are accompanied by a 370 degree hinge, allowing you to use the device with the two screens out, close one over the other and any position between these two extremes.
The operating system is Android and the device supposedly would come with a set of “respectful” cameras and the Snapdragon 865. That is, it would be launched at the end of the year, but with a processor from last year, which is strange. No new details have been released since the smartphone was announced.