2020 promises to be an exciting year in the world of tech—particularly in the realm of smart phones. While 2019 introduced us to models like the iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy S10 and Google Pixel 4, 2020 will bring even more technically capable smart phones to the market. And, with 5G hitting the mainstream in 2020, smart phones are expected to rise in popularity more than ever.
While much of the hype surrounding 2020’s new model offerings rumor-based, there’s still a lot to be excited about. As the year moves along, more details will inevitable be released. For now, here’s what we know so far about the new year’s most anticipated smart phones.
In 2019, Apple released the iPhone 11, which wowed consumers with its speed, battery life and wide-angle camera lens. CNET gave it high praise, calling it the best mid-range smart phone Apple has ever released. This year, Apple is expected to improve their iPhone line even further with the iPhone 12, the first of its kind to support 5G networking.
One of the most anticipated features of the new model is its world-first 5-nanometer CPU, the A14 Bionic, which is expected to rival high-performance laptop CPU’s—including Apple’s own MacBook Pro. The chip is expected to harness as many as 15 billion transistors (far more than most consumer CPU’s). This, coupled with its multiple cores, could lead to a performance boost of 200 to 300 points, according to Jason Cross of MacWorld. In addition, an upgrade to LPDDR5 RAM is expected to be 30 percent faster then LPDDR4 while making the model 30 percent more power efficient.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 12 is expected for a Fall release date, as has been tradition for Apple’s product rollouts. Although that’s a substantial wait, die-hard fans of the iPhone are unlikely to be phased.
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung’s newest smart phone is expected to be unveiled February 11 at their Galaxy Unpacked reveal. A successor to last year’s Galaxy S10, the new model was initially dubbed S11, but recent developments indicate it’s moniker will be the S20.
One of the more notable features of the S20 is its photographic capabilities. The Isocell image sensor, a new breakthrough in Samsung camera technology, is expected to capture 108 megapixel pictures—an exceptionally high quality image for a smart phone. Leaked photos of the new model show no less than five lenses on the back, keeping in line with recent trends.
Another expected feature of the S20 is an exceptionally sophisticated zooming feature that would allow for 100x magnification via a “periscope” zoom. In addition, a curved display—allowing for even bigger screen sizes—will come standard.
To appease consumers of varying price points, Samsung is likely to offer several different models of the S20, including both one for LTE and one for 5G. All models are reported to house the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, a revolutionary processor that supports an impressive maximum refresh rate of 120Hz.
Back in the early days of cell phones, before smart models were even a thing, Motorola dominated much of the market with its sleek, foldable Motorola Razr. This year, amidst the re-vamping of the foldable phone model with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the Razr is making a comeback—albeit with several substantial upgrades compared to its last iteration.
The new Razr will feature a dual-display setup, with a smaller screen on the outside for messages and notifications and a larger inner display that rivals that of other current smart phone models. Two camera lenses allow for 5 megapixel and 16 megapixel photos.
Although the Razr holds sentimental value with many consumers, its Verizon provider exclusivity and high price tag of $1,500 on the newest model may deter some—especially considering its (only slightly) inferior Snapdragon 710 processor in comparison with the 865 on other more affordable models of this year.
Google Pixel 4a
With a Summer 2020 release, Google’s successor to the widely-popular Pixel 3a is expected to turn a few heads. The new Pixel 4a will be slimmer and sleeker than its predecessor, and will also include a headphone jack for the segment of the population that haven’t hopped on board the Bluetooth train quite yet.
With new smart phone offerings from virtually every player in the game, 2020 is sure to be an impressive year in the world of mobile tech. The rollout of 5G will be the ultimate test in the capabilities of this exciting and evolving consumer technology.