With September approaching things are hotting up in the mobile phone world. July saw the release of the OnePlus Nord and this month should see five new Samsung phones (including the Note 20) and the Pixel 4a eventually seeing the light of the day. More phones are still scheduled for September and beyond, so let’s catch up with the news on them.

Apple iPhone 12

Although rumoured to be more of an iterative update, rather than a real jump forward in design and specifications, the iPhone 12 is one of the most eagerly awaited announcements of 2020. It is expected to be made in September for October release, in two stages. Firstly, the 6.1 inch models and then its 6.7 and 5.4 inch brothers to follow.

Samsung S20 FE

The S20 FE (or for some bizarre reason – the Fan Edition), is expected to arrive in October. This is reckoned to be an S20 Lite, but the rumoured specifications still look impressive. These include a Snapdragon 865 processor, 6GB of RAM with IP68 dust and water protection. No details on cameras and screen size yet, but the price is expected to make it a very attractive proposition for a flagship type phone.

Fast charging improvements

As batteries get bigger, it is important that you don’t have to wait all day for them to charge up and it seems that manufacturers are working overtime to solve this problem. Firstly, Qualcomm has announced Quick Charge 5. This supports charging speeds up to an incredible 100W while keeping the battery cooler by 10C. What’s more is claimed to be 70% more efficient. This all means that a 4500 mAh battery can be charged to 50% in just 5 minutes, while a full charge will take 15%. Great news if true.

Meanwhile, Oppo has announced that they will introduce 125W flash charging, twice the current maximum. Let’s hope that both these technologies make their way through to all phones ASAP.

Even bigger batteries

Linked to the above are bigger batteries. Last month we mentioned a new Samsung 6800 mAh one that is being put into one of their phones. This month we have one even bigger to announce. A company called Gionee (no, me neither), has announced they will be launching an enormous 10,000 mAh one. Whilst this won’t make everyone rush out and buy one of their phones, it does show what is possible now and heralds a brighter battery and charging future for everyone that depends on their phone.

See you next month!