Thinking about upgrading your phone in 2020? There are some great options on shelves right now, but there are also some exciting devices coming out later this year.
If you’re debating making an upgrade in early 2020 you have a pretty big decision to make. You can pick from the current crop of devices like the new Galaxy S20, or, you can wait for companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google to announce to announce new 2020 models. It’s not an easy decision to make.
Smartphone manufacturers launched some excellent devices in 2019 and many of them are much cheaper than they were when they launched.
Devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, Samsung Galaxy Note 10, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, OnePlus 7T, and Google’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL should definitely be on your radar.
As we push into 2002 we’re hearing more and more about the devices that will replace these devices. We don’t have the full picture just yet, but phones like the iPhone 12, Galaxy Note 11, and Pixel 4a are all rumored to launch sometime later this year.
Today we want to take you through some of the top, upcoming options for 2020 and fill you in on what you should know before you buy your next phone.
This walkthrough will take you through what we currently know about these phones and when you can expect them to land for your carrier.
We’re starting off with some of the bigger names. You obviously can expect more than five new phone to launch in 2020, but these are the devices that’ve caught our eye and the devices that should be on your radar as you search for your next smartphone.
iPhone SE 2
For years, consumers have been begging Apple to release a follow up to its popular 4-inch iPhone SE from 2016. And for several years now, we’ve seen rumors hint at a sequel.
Those rumors failed to pan out in 2019, but it looks like Apple is cooking up a new budget iPhone model for 2020 though it looks like the new device won’t be a direct successor.
Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new iPhone in the first half of 2020. We don’t have a set date yet, but there’s a good chance it will launch in March during the company’s spring window, the same window Apple used to launch the iPhone SE way back when.
Those hoping for a new 4-inch iPhone will be disappointed to learn that this iPhone SE 2/iPhone 8s/iPhone 9 (it doesn’t have a name yet) will most likely come with a 4.7-inch display and a design that resembles the iPhone 8’s form factor. Nevertheless, the new model should be an exciting entry for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, the price. It’s likely going to provide consumers with a cheap way to get into Apple’s ecosystem.
It’ll also come with four plus years of software which means it will continue to get updates long after support stops for Apple’s other budget iPhones.
Essentially, it looks like the device will be a souped up version of the iPhone 8 which makes it a perfect choice for those that want a newer iPhone, but don’t want to shell out for an iPhone XS, iPhone 11, or Apple’s upcoming 2020 models.
For more on the iPhone SE 2, please take a look at our guide.
Samsung Galaxy Note 11
Samsung recently launched three new devices under the Galaxy S20 umbrella: The Galaxy S20, the Galaxy S20+, and a high-end Galaxy S20 Ultra.
They aren’t cheap, but they should have a lot of appeal for those who want a great camera, a ton of horsepower, a big beautiful display, 5G connectivity, and Android.
If you aren’t in the market for a new phone yet, you might want to hang around and see what else Samsung has up its sleeve for 2020.
We haven’t seen a ton of rumors yet, but Samsung might be cooking up a new Galaxy Note as well. If the company does decide to release a new Note, it will probably share quite a bit in common with these devices.
The Galaxy Note 11/Galaxy Note 20 launch is still months away, Samsung typically launches new Note models in August, but there are already some good reasons to wait.
For more on Galaxy Note 11 rumors and the best reasons to wait, please take a look at our guide.
We’re still months away from Apple’s fall iPhone event, but we’ve already seen a mind-boggling number of iPhone 12 rumors emerge. We don’t have a full spec sheet yet, but rumors have already zeroed in on the changes Apple will make later this year.
You can expect the usual performance upgrades (processor, improved biometrics, new version of iOS), but these iPhones should standout thanks to their cameras, designs, displays, and their move to 5G connectivity.
Yes, the 2020 iPhones should be the first iPhone models that pair with 5G networks in the United States and around the world.
The 2020 iPhone flagships will command top dollar, but these upgrades will probably be worth the price of admission.
For more on the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, take a look at our walkthrough. It’ll take you through everything we know in great detail.
Google Pixel 4a & Pixel 4a XL
Google’s already released two new Pixel 4 models in late 2019, but it looks like the company has a third Pixel 4 model up its sleeve for 2020. Not that this comes as a surprise.
Last year, months after it released the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google released budget alternatives dubbed Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. They were, and still are, extremely compelling devices thanks to their feature-sets and budget price points.
So, it should come as no surprise to learn that Google is cooking up some successors. The Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL are reportedly in the works and we expect them to launch during Google I/O 2020.
Google I/O is set to take place between May 12th and May 14th in Mountain View. There’s a good chance Google confirms the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL during its keynote on May 12th.
As for the Pixel 4a series’ specs, you can expect them to pickup where the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 left off. If these devices are indeed coming in May, look for a mountain of rumors to emerge over the next few weeks as Google finalizes its plans.
For more on the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL, please head over to our guide.
In addition to the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL, we expect Google will release a Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL later in the year.
We haven’t heard a ton about these devices yet, but Google’s Android 11 Developer Preview hints at one new feature called “Battery Share” which we assume is a reverse charging feature. Android 11’s code says “Battery share works with compatible ear buds, watches, phones, and more.”
We expect Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL rumors to pickup in the spring and summer as the devices push toward their official release date.
Google typically releases its flagship Pixel models in the fall.
OnePlus continues to solidify its position as one of the top Android manufacturers on the market and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
We’ve also heard about a cheaper OnePlus 8 Lite that would appeal to those who want a new OnePlus without having to pay top dollar.
You can expect a slew of hardware and software upgrades and everything we’ve heard thus far puts these devices right in the thick of things with the flagships from Samsung and Apple.
For more on the potential of the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and OnePlus 8 Lite, please take a peek at our walkthrough.
Install iOS 13.5.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 13.5.1 brings one security to iOS 13-powered iPhone models which you can read about on Apple's website. The patch is for an exploit used by jailbreak developers.
If you skipped iOS 13.5, iOS 13.5.1 brings iOS 13.5's 41 new security patches with it. Apple's posted the details on its website and you can dig into the particulars if you're interested.
Among them, patches for the company's Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.
If you skipped the iOS 13.4 update, you'll get iOS 13.4's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.4 also brought several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Apple's John Wilander outlined them in a blog post and it's worth checking out.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
So if you're running a really old version of iOS 13, you'll really want to move your device up to the newest version of iOS 13.
If you skipped iOS 13.3.1, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1.
The iOS 13.3.1 update included 21 new security patches that will help protect your device from harm. The company's outlined those patches in detail if you want to dig in.
If you skipped iOS 13.3, you get its patches with iOS 13.5.1. iOS 13.3 brought 12 new security patches to the iPhone and you can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.5.1 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade to iOS 13.5.1. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.5.1 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 update brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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