Week 42 in review: Apple iPhone 12 series and OnePlus 8T are official

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Welcome to your week’s recap and as far as eventful weeks go, this one was huge.

Apple’s much anticipated, not to mention delayed by a month, iPhone announcement happened this week and Apple unveiled an unprecedented four-strong lineup. The iPhone 12 family is all OLED, all 5G and boasts a new design with flat sides, reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and 5 of old. The non-Pro iPhone 12 and 12 mini have dual cameras.

The iPhone 12 Pro has a new 6.1-inch display (up from the 5.8-inch of its predecessor) and a mostly unchanged triple camera. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a new 12MP main camera with a 47% larger sensor and a new 2.5x telephoto camera.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are available on pre-order already and will ship this coming Friday to the first wave of countries. The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max will start their pre-orders on November 6.

Apple’s decision to remove everything but the USB-C to Lightning cable from the retail package of the new iPhone 12 series, as well as the iPhone 11, SE (2020) and XR also made a big impact on people’s water cooler conversations.

The other big story of the week was the OnePlus 8T. It brings a faster 120Hz screen, much faster 65W charging and a new design for a starting price of €600/£550/$750/INR43,000. Sales in India began on October 16, Europe gets the 8T on October 20 and the US on October 23.

Finally the Huawei Mate 40 Pro got into the news with a leaked super zoom sample and a teaser for an October 22 unveil.

Those were the biggest stories of the week. See you next one!

The GPU of the A14 chipset is where the Apple devices fall short.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max unveiled with 5G, larger screens, improved cameras

The iPhone 12 Pro mostly uses the same cam, except for a brighter lens. The Max has a larger sensor and a longer tele lens.

Apple iPhone 12 and 12 mini are official with OLED displays, 5G

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are here – A14 Bionic, OLED screens, 5G and better cameras.

iPhone 11, SE (2020) and XR also lose in-box chargers and EarPods

You’ll only get a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box from now on.

Apple reportedly had to choose between 5G and 120Hz for iPhone 12 lineup and it picked 5G

Both increase power draw from the battery and having both would have had a major impact on endurance.

iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max pricing roundup

Here’s how much you can expect to pay for Apple’s newest smartphones, and when they go on sale.

Check out Apple's new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro accessories

A price round-up of Apple’s new cases and chargers.

Top Redmi Note 10 to come with 108MP camera and Snapdragon 750G

It’s more affordable counterpart will feature MediaTek’s Dimensity 720 SoC and a 48MP primary shooter.

Kuo: Vanilla iPhone 12 to be the bestseller of new lineup

The 6.1-inch device will amount for up to 40% of all iPhone shipments, the analyst estimates.

Huawei exec shares a Mate 40 camera sample, teases class-leading zoom

The moon looks stunning and detailed even in daylight.

For the first time iPhone pre-orders will go live simultaneously around the world

Previously, Apple flipped the switch at midnight in each particular time zone. Not so with the iPhone 12 pre-orders.

OnePlus 8T announced with 65W charging and 120Hz display with Always On mode

Warp Charge 65 is more than twice as powerful as the previous chargers. OxygenOS 11 brings AOD, Video Portrait mode, Dark mode and more.

Huawei Mate 40 phone teased with octagonal camera setup

That would be a first in the world of smartphones.

And comes very close in the CPU tests – it’s faster than a Note20 Ultra 5G. The part that is not clear yet is which phones this is.

iPhone 11 and iPhone XR get cheaper

As the iPhone 12 family became official, a couple of older models are sticking around for less.

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