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iPhone SE 2

iPhone SE 2: What we know about Apple's latest low-cost iPhone model

06 Nov 2019
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The follow up to Apple’s 2016 iPhone SE model is set to be released during the first quarter of 2020

at a glance

  • Noted Apple analyst of TF Securities Ming-Chi Kuo recently reported the iPhone SE 2 will launch in the first quarter of 2020
  • It’s expected the iPhone SE 2 will cost $600 (AUD), with Kuo predicting the device will be a huge growth driver for Apple during FY20
  • The iPhone SE2 will feature a similar design aesthetic to the iPhone 8, however, will piggyback a lot of the awesome internal specs that drive the iPhone 11

an affordable alternative

After launching their latest device series in the form of the iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro back in September, Apple is following up their iPhone 11 range with a new, more affordable device option that’s a sequel to its 2016 iPhone SE offering.

The iPhone SE 2 will be budget alternative to high-end iPhones and is reportedly set to begin mass production in January 2020.

Apple would launch the iPhone SE 2 with 64GB and 128GB storage options and the device would be positioned as an ideal upgrade option for existing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s users, who are not as fussed about the latest iPhone features but still want to enjoy a smooth experience using iOS 13.

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iPhone SE 2 price & release date

According to Kuo, Apple’s iPhone SE 2 is expected to launch at $600 (AUD), making it roughly $550 cheaper than the iPhone 11 (which is priced incredibly well considering how good of a phone it is).

The $600 price point, would put the iPhone SE 2 up against the Google Pixel 3a in the race for the best low-cost device in the market.

In terms of its release date, although nothing is set in stone, based on the rumours that have surfaced thus far, we’re predicting the device will go on sale sometime around March 2020.

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The iPhone SE 2 should allow users to utilise Apple's much hyped Dark Mode

iPhone SE 2 design & specs

While the original iPhone SE looked a lot like the iPhone 5S, the new iPhone SE will reportedly strike a resemblance to the iPhone 8, with Kuo predicting the iPhone SE 2 will feature a 4.7-inch screen display.

Under the hood is where things are set to get more of an upgrade, with the iPhone SE 2 set to include some of the core internal specs housed in the iPhone 11 series.

This means the low-end iPhone will be powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chip and potentially paired with 3GB RAM.

All in all, this points to Apple likely reusing external parts of the iPhone 8 to form the iPhone SE 2, while upgrades will come to the internal components, like the processor and camera.

If colour's a deciding factor for your device, you'll be pleased to note the iPhone SE 2 is slated to arrive in space grey, red and silver.

All in all, Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup is shaping up to be both diverse and significant, with the iPhone SE 2 taking care of the lower end of the market and the highly anticipated follow up to the iPhone 11 which will be Apple’s first soiree into the world of 5G.

Strap yourselves in folks!


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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.