There was a big omission from Apple’s launch of the iPhone SE 2020: a bigger brother. Even though the new iPhone SE replaces the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 with the same size screen, Apple also retired the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus alongside the SE’s launch. So at least for now, there’s no large-screen version of the company’s most budget-friendly phone.
But that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t working on an iPhone SE Plus behind the scenes. According to one reputable analyst, Apple will release an iPhone SE Plus during the second half of next year. That seems like a long time from now, but it’s possible Apple could move up the timetable.
iPhone SE Plus release date
Here’s the bad news. As reported by 9to5Mac, the iPhone SE Plus may not launch until the second half of 2021. This is according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with TF International Securities. Previously Kuo predicted that the iPhone SE Plus would have a release date in the first half of 2021, but it’s reportedly been postponed.
Why the delay? It could be because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has reportedly pushed back the mass production of the iPhone 12 by a month. Plus, Apple apparently has four iPhone 12 phones in the pipeline, so it’s doubtful that it would want to rush out a lower-price new iPhone that could canniablize the sales of multiple flagships.
iPhone SE Plus price
There are no firm rumors yet on the possible price of an iPhone SE Plus, but if history is any guide, we would expect Apple to charge about a $100 premium over the iPhone SE. So the iPhone SE Plus may have a price of $499 for 64GB of storage. Jumping up to 128GB would could likely cost $50 more, or $549, and a 256GB model would run you $649.
iPhone SE Plus size and design
Here’s where it gets tricky. While some reports point to the iPhone SE Plus having a screen size of 5.5 inches, others say it could have a 6.1-inch panel. A lot of this depends on whether Apple decides to recycle the iPhone 8 Plus’ design or go in a new direction.
According to MacRumors, the iPhone SE Plus won’t have Face ID but will instead feature a Touch ID sensor that’s integrated into the power button on the right side of the phone. That would make a 6.1-inch iPhone SE Plus a lot more likely and closer to a full-screen design.
Another plus: If Apple decided to forgo both the Touch ID home button underneath the screen as well as Face ID, the iPhone SE Plus would likely have a smaller notch up top for the front camera.
As for the screen itself, we expect an LCD panel as opposed to an OLED one, which would allow Apple to keep the price down. All four iPhone 12 models are reportedly getting OLED screens, so an LCD iPhone SE Plus would make sense.
iPhone SE Plus specs
Apple may very well decide to stick with its current A13 Bionic processor that’s inside the iPhone SE for the larger iPhone SE Plus. But if the company is truly holding off until the second half of 2021, it’s more likely that the iPhone SE Plus will get the same A14 Bionic chip that’s expected to power the iPhone 12.
This would follow the same pattern that Apple established with the iPhone SE. Apple would likely include the same storage options, at 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities.
iPhone SE Plus cameras
The iPhone SE makes due with a single rear 12MP camera and a 7MP selfie camera up front, but it leverages the computational photography features of the A13 Bionic chip so well that it’s one of the best camera phones for the money. You get Portrait Mode, Smart HDR and extended dynamic range in 4K video.
The iPhone SE Plus could be even more versatile. The iPhone 8 Plus included both a standard lens and a telephoto lens for optical zoom. And Apple may follow a similar path for an iPhone SE Plus.
However, Apple went in a different direction with the iPhone 11, giving the phone two lenses but using an ultrawide camera instead of a telephoto. And it’s safe to assume Apple will stay the course for the iPhone 12. So an iPhone SE Plus will probably have two rear cameras, though it remains to be seen whether Apple will go the telephoto or ultrawide route.
What I would expect from an iPhone SE Plus is Night Mode. It’s one of the biggest missing features from the regular iPhone SE, and there’s nothing that leads me to believe that Apple couldn’t add it to its existing budget phone, never mind its larger cousin. Night Mode has more to do with computational photography and machine learning than hardware.
iPhone SE Plus battery life and charging
The iPhone SE’s battery life did not impress in our testing, as its small 1,821 mAh battery lasted only 9 hours and 18 minutes on our web surfing test. This is well behind the 11-hour mark, which is what you need to make our best phone battery life list.
The iPhone 8 Plus packed a 2,675 mAh battery, which lasted 11 hours and 16 minutes on a charge. So the iPhone SE Plus could easily be one of the longest lasting phones around, especially for the money. Plus, Apple may give the phone a slightly bigger battery, and presumably a 5-nanometer A14 Bionic processor would be even more efficient than today’s 7nm A13 chip.
As for charging, I’m really hoping Apple ditches Lightning for USB-C by the time the iPhone SE Plus rolls around — but I wouldn’t bet on it. You may get the same slow 5-watt charging out of the box, which is a bummer but not too bad of a trade-off for a midrange phone. Fast charging in this scenario would cost extra with a 18-watt USB-C charger and USB-C to Lightning cable.
Like the iPhone SE, the iPhone SE Plus would presumably support Qi wireless charging — so it should work with any of the best wireless chargers out there.
iPhone SE Plus outlook
With questionable demand for premium flagship phones due to economic uncertainty, an iPhone SE Plus would give shoppers a viable big-screen phone with all the features they need at a reasonable price. As good as the regular iPhone SE is, there are some users who simply don’t want to deal with a small 4.7-inch display. If Apple is indeed developing an iPhone SE Plus, it could be a killer value, but we may have to patient before it materializes.
Redmi 10X Series officially unveiled: first Dimensity 820 SoC phone with up to 33W fast charge – Gizchina.com
Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, recently released its latest 5G smartphone series, Redmi 10X series. This series has the regular Redmi 10X as well as the Redmi 10X Pro. According to Redmi’s product director, Wang Teng, the Redmi 10X is the world’s mobile phone that supports dual 5G standby. The dual-card 5G is on the network and can seamlessly switch signals at any time to a better 5G network. This is possible because of the optimization of the MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC.
The Redmi 10X is the first smartphone to use the Dimensity 820 SoC. This chip not only supports 5G + 5G dual card dual standby, SA, NSA dual-mode 5G but also supports 5G dual-carrier aggregation.
Its performance on AnTuTu is way beyond any mid-range smartphone in the market presently. The MediaTek Dimensity 820 hit 415,672 points on AnTuTu. This score is comparable to the 2019 flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC which hit 445,343 points. This processor is based on 7nm process technology. It uses 4 × Cortex A76 (2.6GHz) + 4 × Cortex A55 (2.0GHz) and a Mali-G57 MC5 GPU.
Furthermore, this chip integrates a top-notch 5G modem with a flagship multi-core CPU architecture as well as an energy-efficient independent AI processor (APU 3.0). According to Lu Weibing, general manager of the Redmi brand, the Dimensity 820 SoC may be the most powerful 5G mid- to high-end processor in 2020.
Going back to the Redmi 10X, this smartphone comes with a built-in 4520mAh battery. While the regular model supports up to 22.5W fast charging, the Pro model supports 33W fast flash charging.
Redmi 10X / Pro specifications
- 6.57-inch (2400 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection; HDR10, DC Dimming, and 800 nit peak brightness
- MediaTek Dimensity processor – 4 × Cortex A76 (2.6GHz) + 4 × Cortex A55 (2.0GHz) and a Mali-G57 MC5 GPU
- 6GB / 8GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB / 256GB storage, expandable memory up to 512GB with microSD
- Pro Model: 8GB RAM with 128GB / 256GB storage
- Dual SIM
- Android 10 with MIUI 12
- 48MP rear cameras with LED flash, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor
- Pro Model: 48MP rear cameras with LED flash, 8MP zoom lens with 30X digital zoom support, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 5MP macro lens.
- 16MP front camera
- Pro Model: 20MP
- Fingerprint sensor (On-Screen), IR sensor
- 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
- Dimensions: 162.38×77.2×8.95mm; Weight: 205g
- Dual 5G (5G + 5G dual card dual standby), SA, NSA dual-mode 5G, 5G dual-carrier aggregation, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
- 4,520mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging for the regular model and 33W fast charging for the Pro model.
Redmi 10X Series Pricing and Availability
The Redmi 10X series will be available in blue, violet, and gold colour options. While the Redmi 10X sale will commence from June 1st, the Pro model will start sale on June 5th.
- 6GB + 64GB: 1,599 yuan (~$224)
- 6GB + 128GB: 1,799 yuan (~$252)
- 8GB + 128GB: 2,099 yuan (~$294)
- 8GB + 256GB: 2,399 yuan (~$336)
Redmi 10X Pro
- 8GB + 128GB: 2,399 yuan (~$336)
- 8GB + 256GB: 2,599 yuan (~$364)
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Huawei might have to stop building its own Kirin chipsets due to the licensing restrictions put it in place by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The restrictions put in place prevent U.S. software and technology to be implemented in its chips.
And Huawei uses Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, a fabrication plant in Arizona, to help assemble its chipsets. Thus, because of the restrictions, TSMC has now stopped taking orders from Huawei, according to the report.
Due to this, Huawei and its sub-brand Honor are now considering working with companies like MediaTek and UNISOC in anticipation of not being to use its own chips. This latest news comes from CNMO and Nikkei
Additionally, Huawei is already reported to be in talks with the two companies, which Zhao Ming, Honor’s president of business, mentioned in a previous interview.
Huawei already uses MediaTek in some of its mid-range devices; therefore, it’s quite possible that MediaTek might develop the chips for high-range smartphones.
Redmi 10X series is official with dual SIM 5G support, Dimensity 800 chipsets and bargain pricing – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
Xiaomi subsidiary Redmi unveiled its latest phones today with the 10X series. We get a 10X 5G and the 10X Pro as well as the 10X 4G which is a rebranded Redmi Note 9 for the Chinese market. The new 10X 5G and 10X Pro bring dual mode and dual SIM 5G connectivity, AMOLED displays, Dimensity 820 chipsets and highly competitive pricetags.
Upfront both the 10X 5G and its Pro sibling come with 6.57-inch AMOLED displays with FHD+ resolution and waterdrop notches. The 10X 5G has a 16MP selfie shooter while the Pro ups it to 20MP. The panel on both also comes with a 180Hz touch sampling rate and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Around the back both phones come with a 48MP main shooter and 8MP ultawide snapper but the Pro adds an 8MP telephoto module with 3x optical zoom and OIS as well as a 5MP macro cam.
Under the hood we have the MediaTek Dimensity 820 chipset with 6/8GB RAM on the 10X 5G and 8GB RAM on the Pro. Storage ranges from 64GB to 256GB. The software front is covered by MIUI 12 on top of Android 10. Both phones come with 4,520mAh batteries with 22.5W fast charging on the 10X 5G and 33W on the 10X Pro. Both come with an IP53 rating and headphone jacks and the Pro also gains NFC.
The Redmi 10X series will be offered in blue, pink, gold and white colors. The 10X 5G starts at CNY 1,599 ($224) 6/64GB making it the most affordable 5G phone on the market. There’s also a 6/128GB for CNY 1,799($252) as well as a 8/128GB trim for CNY 2,099 ($294) and 8/256GB model for CNY 2,399 ($336). Official sales begin on June 1.
The 10X Pro will be offered in 8/128GB for CNY 2,229 ($322) and 8/256GB configuration going for CNY 2,599 ($364). It goes on sale starting June 6.
The Redmi 10X 4G already up for sale starting at just CNY 999 ($140) in its 4/128GB trim, there’s also a 6/128GB model for CNY 1,199($168).
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