Top stories of 2020: Q4

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As the year winds down it’s a great time to reflect on the top stories of the past 12 months. This is the fourth and final installment where we look at the stories that shaped this year.

It’s time to close out the 2020 issue of our top stories. We’re looking at the months of October through to December and for the first time ever, this is the time Apple unveiled its phones.

After many reports and leaks, the iPhone 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 12 mini and iPhone 12 were all unveiled on October 13. It was only the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 12 that went on sale the week following the event, however. The iPhone 12 Pro Max and 12 mini were released a month later, capping off a release schedule that was hindered by the ongoing pandemic that defined 2020.

Top stories of 2020: Q4

Qualcomm announced its next flagship chipset – the Snapdragon 888 and a few days before the year ended Xiaomi became the first to formally announce a Snapdragon 888-powered smartphone in the Mi 11. The Mi 11 has a big 6.81-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and the highest yet 480Hz touch sampling rate, up to 12GB of RAM, a 108MP main camera and a 4,600mAh battery with 55W wired and 50W wireless charging. It will go on sale on January 1.

Samsung’s next big event will see the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra become official on January 14 and Q4 was filled with S21-related stories. Thanks to the abundance of information about Samsung’s upcoming flagships we know just about everything there is to know.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra will stand head and shoulders above its peers with a bigger 6.8-inch display with an adaptive 120Hz QHD+ screen, a larger 5,000mAh battery and a 2nd-gen 108MP sensor to go with the two telephoto cameras – 10MP 3x and 10MP 10x periscope. It will also support the Note line’s famous S Pen.

The Galaxy S21 and S21+ will still have HRR displays but no variable adjustment so they will run at a constant 120Hz (or 60Hz). The camera system will be mostly identical to the S20 (12MP main, 64MP 3x tele and 12MP ultrawide), but the ultrawide unit will get autofocus. Slightly bigger batteries and a Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 are also among the known updates.

Also coming in early 2021 are the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. The Snapdragon 888-powered pair will feature a new design with larger rear camera island. Early renders suggest the OnePus 9 Pro will have two prominent camera lenses and two smaller ones, but sadly no periscope zoom.

Finally, Apple unveiled its ARM-based M1 chip in Q4 and released the M1-equipped MacBook Pro 13, MacBook Air and Mac mini. The M1 chip proved very promising from the start, striking a great balance between performance and battery life. Thanks to the M1 chip the three machines Apple released were able to seriously outpace their Intel-powered predecessors, which makes us very interested in Apple’s computer lineup for 2021.

Well, that’s it for 2020. It was a rocky year, filled with hurdles for the mobile industry. But the mobile world showed that even in the toughest of times, it can innovate and it can deliver. We enjoyed an abundance of phones and an increase in quality that was hard to imagine at the beginning of 2020. Let’s see what 2021 holds. Stay tuned!

Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max unveiled with 5G, larger screens, improved cameras

The iPhone 12 Pro mostly uses the same cam, except for a brighter lens. The Max has a larger sensor and a longer tele lens.


Apple iPhone 12 and 12 mini are official with OLED displays, 5G

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are here – A14 Bionic, OLED screens, 5G and better cameras.


Xiaomi Mi 11 arrives as the first phone with Snapdragon 888

There is no charger in the retail box but Xiaomi will give one for free if you ask nicely.


Apple iPhone 12 prices to start from $649, four models incoming

The most expensive phone will be 512 GB iPhone 12 Pro Max which will cost $1,399.


Samsung Galaxy S21 , S21+ and S21 Ultra appear in lovely, high quality renders

The renders are based on reliable insider knowledge and give us a great idea of what to expect from the three phones.


Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro appear on AnTuTu, fail to impress

The GPU of the A14 chipset is where the Apple devices fall short.


OnePlus 8T announced with 65W charging and 120Hz display with Always On mode

Warp Charge 65 is more than twice as powerful as the previous chargers. OxygenOS 11 brings AOD, Video Portrait mode, Dark mode and more.


Snapdragon 888 fully unveiled: the first with Cortex-X1, 35% faster GPU

The X60 5G modem is integrated into the 5nm chipset. The CPU, GPU and rest of the hardware have been optimized for lower power usage.


The Apple M1 is the first ARM-based chipset for Macs with the fastest CPU cores and top iGPU

A 5nm chip with 16 billion transistors, this chip has twice the CPU and GPU performance of the 10W chips that Apple used in older Macs.


France will begin labeling electronics with repairability ratings in January

A vote in the EU Parliament resulted in support of consumers’ Right to Repair.


Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ specs detailed in a massive leak

The S21 lineup is expected to go official on January 14.


Comprehensive iPhone 12 leak brings all the details ahead of next week’s event

The 12 and 12 Pro should tip off sales on October 23.


iPhone 11, SE (2020) and XR also lose in-box chargers and EarPods

You’ll only get a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box from now on.


OnePlus 9 5G hands-on photos and hardware details leak

A OnePlus 9 5G prototype unit is officially out in the wild and ponying up details like a Snapdragon 888 chipset.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro to have QHD+ display, 120 Hz refresh rate

The front panel will be curved but nothing extreme.


Google Pixel 5's SD765G chipset is a serious underperformer

There might be a very good reason behind this decision.


Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ retail box surfaces, case renders too

At least two new Mate phones are expected on October 22, and we still know surprisingly little.


We now have 3D models of the iPhone 12 family in all colors - check them out

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro start today, these 3D models can help you pick out your favorite color.


Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra images and detailed specifications leak

A barebones retail package will leave the S Pen – and even the 45W charger – as a separate purchase. 


Apple iPhone 12 mini handled on video

The compact flagship iPhone 12 is here on video.


Images of all Apple iPhone 12 models leak, show all colors

The hero color of the Pro series will be a slate blue, replacing the green of the 11 Pro. Renders of the HomePod mini also leaked.


Samsung Galaxy S21 storage and colors leak, stylus for Ultra model confirmed

The smallest Galaxy S21 will offer the widest variety of color options.


First Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra images show redesigned camera bumps

New 3C certifications also revealed the next S-series phone will stick to 25W charging.


Samsung Galaxy S21 family won't have a charger or earphones in the box, certification confirms

Once again the Korean company is following Apple’s lead.


Samsung Galaxy S21 tested on GeekBench with 8GB RAM and Snapdragon 888

The next Samsung Galaxy S device is rumored arrive in January and is expected to come with S Pen support.


Xiaomi CEO confirms Mi 11 retail box will not come with a charger

The Mi 11 will be officially unveiled on December 28.


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