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Apple tipped to release new “low-cost iPhone” in next two weeks

Apple tipped to release new “low-cost iPhone” in next two weeks

The iPhone SE (2020), the next major iPhone release, could be launched inside the next two weeks. A note released by Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives suggested that mid-April was likely for the release window for Apple's next smartphone, a low-cost successor to the iPhone SE. This device could be called iPhone 9, or could be called iPhone SE2.

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Pokemon GO is fun again, thanks to COVID-19

Pokemon GO is fun again, thanks to COVID-19

During the outbreak of COVID-19, novel coronavirus, the global pandemic, and the quarantine therein, Niantic's made Pokemon GO fun again. At the start, the game held great potential. It was the closest a gamer could get to the feeling of finding, capturing, and battling Pokemon in the real world. Then it got complicated. Now, here amid massive changes made by its creator to make the game playable during quarantine, Pokemon GO's become fun once again.

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LG G series phone line ended, what’s next? [UPDATE: LG statement]

LG G series phone line ended, what’s next? [UPDATE: LG statement]

Notes from LG this week suggested they're switching gears when it comes to smartphones in 2020 and beyond. Where they've been pushing a headline "G" brand series for the past 8 years, they'll fold two lines into one. Instead of releasing a "G" and a "V" each year, they'll just release a "V"... but they'll also have a new phone. So will anything really change?

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As COVID-19 spreads, phone sales tumble, and China suffers most

As COVID-19 spreads, phone sales tumble, and China suffers most

Global smartphone market shipment data showed a slowing in sales by 14% in the month of February. Information from Counterpoint Research suggested that this trend isn't about to end. Counterpoint senior analyst Jean Park went so far as to say "the worst is yet to come." This has a bit to do with the prediction that this pandemic will be similar to previous world pandemic events - with a double peak, one in Q4 2020, and another in the first quarter of 2021.

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leak looks like it’ll outdo “too much”

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leak looks like it’ll outdo “too much”

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 leak today is based on a variety of tips and rumors from the past several weeks. Based on what we know already, and based on precedent, it should be no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 stands a good chance of out-doing the Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Ultra in more ways than one. For example the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will likely have the most expensive base configuration cost of any Samsung Galaxy S/Note family phone ever.

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Huawei P40 Pro revealed in massive leak

Huawei P40 Pro revealed in massive leak

Today the Huawei P40 Pro was leaked in a major way - just before its official reveal and release date. The Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro were meant to be revealed at the same time - likely within the week - but leaksters in Germany got there first. The Huawei P40 rolls with a 6.1-inch OLED display, and the Huawei P40 Pro works with a 6.58-inch OLED display with 90Hz image refresh rate.

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Nokia 5.3 brings the circle at a much lower cost

Nokia 5.3 brings the circle at a much lower cost

The Nokia 5.3 was revealed today at the same time as the Nokia 8.3 5G. The 8.3 is a larger smartphone for a significantly larger price, while the Nokia 5.3 looks a whole lot like the larger device, but costs less. The big differences are there - the display is smaller, there are fewer pixels in the display, the display has a water drop notch instead of a punch hole notch, but the back looks very similar. Does that mean that the Nokia 5.3 is a shocking sort of deal?

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Nokia 8.3 5G officially revealed as “first truly global 5G smartphone”

Nokia 8.3 5G officially revealed as “first truly global 5G smartphone”

The Nokia 8.3 5G was revealed in full today by the company with a set of specifications that appear to far outweigh its price. The Nokia 8.3 5G sports a nearly full-frontal coverage display with a bit of a chin and a punch-hole for its front-facing camera, and a circular camera array at the back. This device will be what Nokia describes as the "first truly global 5G smartphone."

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OnePlus brand change, again, less blocky this time

OnePlus brand change, again, less blocky this time

Today OnePlus revealed a new branding direction for their smartphone and smart accessories company. Instead of rolling with a branding that relied on rectangles and a number one made of boxes, this new brand is simpler, stronger, and slightly less brutal. Two major marks changed - one the "OnePlus" logo, the other the "Never Settle" tagline.

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Report: iPhones are a bad investment, Android phones doubly so

Report: iPhones are a bad investment, Android phones doubly so

Much like investing in an automobile, smartphones lose value as soon as you drive them off the car lot. With the exception of rarities and some vintage bits of tech, smartphones of all sorts lose value over time. A report this week from a smartphone resale company showed data suggesting that Android smartphones lose their value at twice the rate of iOS smartphones - aka iPhones.

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OnePlus 8 5G: on Verizon at last?

OnePlus 8 5G: on Verizon at last?

A new OnePlus launcher release was analyzed this week by intrepid software developers who discovered some interesting clues about the company's future. Inside the code for this launcher app were found several references to Verizon-specific OnePlus devices. One appeared with the code name "OnePlus8VZW" - which could mean more than one thing, but it appeared just before "OnePlus8TMO" - which pretty much seals the deal. OnePlus devices have worked with Verizon in the past, but they've not yet seen a release with a device literally stocked on Verizon store shelves (online and/or in brick and mortar stores). The time appears to be nigh!

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Will iPhone SE2 (or iPhone 9) be a good, cheap upgrade?

Will iPhone SE2 (or iPhone 9) be a good, cheap upgrade?

Today we're taking a look at what's likely with the next major low-cost iPhone, the device rumored to be called iPhone SE2. If you put iPhone devices in two camps, this is going to be the newest iPhone with the home button - not the sort with the notch. The screen will be a traditional rectangle rather than a rounded-corner rectangle-like sort of thing with a bump at the top. The most important question here is the following: Will the iPhone SE2 be both cheap and worthy?

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