Everything we’re expecting from the iPhone XI and the Google Pixel 3

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We’ve seen some impressive flagship smartphones unveiled this year, including the OnePlus 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S9, but two of the biggest launches are still to come: new 2018 handsets from Apple and Google. With leaks and rumors now arriving at a steady pace, here’s what we expect.

We’re still not sure about the names, especially with the 2018 iPhones. Apple could call its next flagship the iPhone XI or the iPhone X2, or simply the iPhone X 2018. We might see a lower priced model called the iPhone 9, and a super-sized model called the iPhone XI Plus, but bear in mind as you read on that these names could be right or wrong.

Google’s naming strategy seems clearer, and it’s a good bet that the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL are the names of the two phones we’ll see later this year (following on from the 2017 handsets). Even here though, there could be last-minute changes.

The new iPhones for 2018
None of this is official yet, but most analysts and tipsters agree that three iPhones are going to be unveiled this year – almost certainly in September, if Apple sticks to the schedule that it’s followed ever since the iPhone 5 in 2012.

The iPhone XI (or iPhone X2) will apparently have a 5.8-inch screen like the current iPhone X, and will probably keep the same US$999 starting price too, according to analysts. That will be joined by a slightly more expensive Plus model, with a 6.5-inch screen. Both these models will reportedly have dual-sensor rear cameras.

The third model will have a 6.1-inch screen, the same sources say, but with cheaper LCD display technology rather than OLED. With a few other features missing (including 3D Touch), and a single-sensor rear camera, this more affordable iPhone might retail for $700-800. The 2017 iPhone X may also stay on sale at a cheaper price point.

All three models are going to ditch Touch ID and use Face ID, sources say, and will therefore keep the distinctive notch at the top of the display. The usual internal improvements will no doubt be included too: a faster Apple processor and perhaps up to 4 GB of RAM (the current iPhone X gets by with 3 GB).

Considering the significant redesign that the iPhone got with the iPhone X last year, we’re expecting this year’s models to look very similar: there won’t be too many surprises in the design department. The IP67 waterproofing and dustproofing rating, the wireless charging… all these smaller features should stay the same.

These predictions come from analysts and industry tipsters with supply chain connections – people who have been mostly right about upcoming Apple products in the past. With that in mind, treat them as pointers about where Apple is headed with its 2018 iPhones, rather than confirmed facts. Details might change between now and September.

What we do know for sure is that the next batch of iPhones will come running iOS 12. The updated software, which will roll out to older iPhones too, brings with it extra augmented reality tricks, Memoji for turning your face into a cartoon character, more advanced Siri functions, and a Screen Time app for managing how much time you spend on your phone.

The new Pixels for 2018
Over in the Google camp, it now seems clear that two phones will again be Google’s strategy in 2018 – the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL. Like last year, you’ll be able to choose between a smaller, cheaper phone, and a larger, more expensive one, with the internal components largely similar between the two.

Online tipsters with good previous form in predicting upcoming hardware have been mocking up renders showing what the new phones might look like. The big difference between the phones, besides size, is that the bigger phone is going to have a notch up at the top of the display – and presumably some kind of iPhone X-style face recognition system to let you into your phone.

Source : Newatlas

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