The smartphone industry is gearing up for some exciting smartphone launches. Among these are OnePlus’ return to the mid-range segment with the OnePlus Nord, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series, the ASUS ROG Phone 3, and POCO’s next mid-ranger, the POCO M2 Pro. All of these devices other than the Galaxy Note 20 series are expected to launch this month itself. In anticipation of active discussion before the launch and development afterward, we’re opening XDA Forums for each of these devices.
The first mention of OnePlus’ purported mid-range smartphone came only a few months after the company launched the 7T series last year. Since then, there have been many modifications to the claims about the specifications, and even the name of the smartphone. OnePlus finally settled (no pun intended) it by officially confirming the phone will be called OnePlus Nord, which is most likely to be a new series of affordable smartphones rather than just one device. The first OnePlus Nord phone is set to run on Snapdragon 765G mobile platform whereas its dual-hole-punch selfie camera has already been “exclusively teased.”
The phone is expected to launch on July 10th and will attract more people than just the OnePlus enthusiasts who departed from their fanboyism due to rising prices of OnePlus devices. The Nord has been confirmed to cost under $500 which is the same territory that OnePlus started its journey with.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series
Samsung is gearing to unveil the Galaxy Note 20 series along with up to new foldable smartphones. Like the Galaxy S20 series, Note 20 will be available in three variants – the regular Note 20, Note 20+, and a Note 20 Ultra, which was recently leaked accidentally by Samsung on its Russian website. For the other variants, there have been a plethora of rumors and leaks divulging the majority of the specifications of these devices. While a Snapdragon 865 was already expected, Samsung might also launch a new 5nm Exynos 992 chipset for markets other than the U.S., China, and some other parts of North and South America.
Meanwhile, the Plus and the Ultra models in the series are expected to get 108MP cameras while a range of 4,000-5,000mAh for the battery capacity is what we’re probably looking at. Last but not the least, the Note 20 series is likely to sport 120Hz Super AMOLED displays, but excluding the base model.
Note: We’ll keep the forums for Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series combined.
POCO M2 Pro
Besides these exciting flagships, we’re also looking forward to a new device from Xiaomi’s spin-off brand POCO. The POCO M2 Pro is supposed to be an India-specific device that launches on July 7th. The phone is most likely a rebadged global Redmi Note 9 Pro (Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in India). Among the features that have been confirmed, the phone will feature quad cameras on the back, 33W fast charging, a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button, and most likely a hole-punch selfie camera in the center of the display.
Like all other POCO phones, the M2 Pro is expected to be received well by the users and the developers’ community.
ASUS ROG Phone 3
The ROG Phone 3 is the next phone in ASUS’ gaming-focused series that draws its name from the popular laptop lineup by the company. ASUS is set to launch the ROG Phone 3 on July 22nd. Its recent listing on the website of Chines regulatory body TENAA revealed the gaming smartphone will feature up to 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage, a massive 6000mAh battery, and an overclocked Snapdragon 865 SoC.
To complement the muscle power of the hardware, the ROG Phone 3 will come with gaming-centric software features including Aura Lighting, Refresh Rate Control, and Performance Boost, and will be pre-loaded with Google Stadia. Like previous generations, the ROG Phone 3 will also support a wide range of gaming accessories like a dual-screen Dock and Kunai Gamepad to unleash the gamer in you.
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