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iPhone 11

iPhone 11 (2019): everything we know so far

05 Mar 2019


amaysim's tech geek

Apple’s trio of devices in 2018; iPhone XS, XS Max and XR garnered plenty of hype at the back end of last year, but ultimately fell short of the mark with consumers, not to mention the company’s own expectations.

With such an uncharacteristic underwhelming performance, the pressure is now on Apple to ensure this year’s iPhone lineup is received much more favourably from the market.

Talk of the next iPhone 11 (or an iPhone XI, depending on how you want to phrase it) have been floating around since before the XS was even released and the rumours aren’t likely to slow down anytime soon.

With this in mind, here’s everything we know so far about the iPhone 11 so far.

iPhone 11
(Image Courtest of Gamesky)

Rumoured key features

  • Three models/sizes
  • OLED and LCD displays
  • Triple-lens rear camera
  • Apple Pencil support

iPhone 11 design

There have been a number of fan-made renders that have been floating around the web for the past few months, some that simply depict a list of traits users want to see, while others are based on tidbits of information that have surfaced and are widely expected to grace the final hardware.

Chinese site Gamersky picked up one of the more logical interpretations of what an iPhone 11 could look like, with a handset whose aesthetics have clearly been influenced by the most recent iPad Pro range that ditches a curved approach, reverting back to a more classical squared look.

That doesn’t sound like too much of a departure from prior models, but here’s where things get a little more interesting: it’s now being widely reported that the iPhone 11 will feature a triple-camera setup housed in a “notch” unit, transforming the look of the entire phone.

Check out what this might look like in Digit’s video below.

iPhone 11 Camera
(Image Courtesy of Ben Geskin)

iPhone 11 Camera

It goes without saying that a triple-lens iPhone like the one shown above would bring significant advancements to the iPhone’s camera capabilities, so you can expect your instagram pictures to be crispier than ever #winning.

While nobody disputes the current iPhone’s excellent image capturing ability, Apple has changed how its phones handle image processing and such tweaks haven’t been to everyone’s tastes.

We don’t yet know whether Apple will revert back to a more natural approach with the camera on the iPhone 11 but there are plenty of rumours suggesting that, photographically speaking, it’s going to pack a pretty hefty punch.

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While other smartphone makers are set to offer 5G phones this year, including Samsung, LG and Huawei, it appears Apple is sitting out the first wave and will not offer a 5G device until 2020.

iPhone Pencil

Apple Pencil

According to the Korea Herald, Apple is considering adding Apple Pencil support to its 2019 iPhone lineup.

The report also details that Apple may consider opting opt for a supercapacitor stylus, which is cheaper to manufacture than the electromagnetic-resonance technology Samsung uses for the S Pen, however Apple's technology should make it feel more like an actual pencil.

Battery power

We haven't heard too much about how Apple plans to improve battery life in this year's range of iPhones.

But one possible change which would be welcomed; states the new iPhones will offer bi-directional wireless charging that lets the phone charge other devices, a feature that Samsung recently introduced with it’s Galaxy S10 range.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.