Best Gadgets 2020: Top Tech To Watch For In The Philippines

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As the decade flips a new page, experts and users are already making a list of the best tech gadgets of 2020.

Best Tech Gadgets of 2020

From flagship phones to laptops and the latest earphones to smartwatches, there’s always a model to watch for, and new features that can either make or break the company. Anticipation and upgrades are an essential part of the tech industry, after all.

Check our list of these next-generation devices that will be unveiled this year.

1. Samsung Galaxy Fold 2

Samsung Fold 2

Foldable phones are back with a new wave of next-generation mobile phones. Samsung took the first huge leap in that direction through the release of the first Galaxy Fold.

Though the model was not received well by the mobile users because of its fragility and poor design, the sequel to the Galaxy Fold is still one of the most anticipated gadgets to unveil in 2020. Samsung promises to improve the previous Fold and offer it at a lower price.

Features

Key specs What We Know So Far
Display (Primary) 6.7-inch Ultra-Thin Glass
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 990
Camera One lens has 108MP; another has 5x optical zoom
Fold Vertical

Estimated price

No price released yet. Based on its rumored features, it is speculated to be of a lower price than the Fold.

Expected Release Date:

February 2020

2. Microsoft Surface Duo

Microsoft Surface Duo

With the lukewarm reception to their Windows phone, Microsoft struggled in the mobile device industry. Undeterred, they are venturing into it again by releasing the Surface Duo, which can either be a smartphone or a pocket-sized laptop.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Display Double 5.6-inch screen (8.3-inch screen in total)
Fold 360-degree hinge
Screen Width 4.8 mm thin
Chipset Snapdragon 855
Camera Single

Estimated price:

No official price released yet.

Expected Release Date:

No more details aside from the holidays in 2020

3. Samsung Galaxy S20 or Galaxy S11

Samsung Galaxy S20

It is not known what name Samsung will give to its new phone model, whether Galaxy S11 or Galaxy S20, but this is one of the most anticipated releases in the mobile wars.

Features:

Key specs What we know so far
Display 6.2-inch (base model)
6.7-inch (plus)
6.9-inch (ultra)
120Hz, SAMOLED
Chipset Snapdragon 865
Camera 108MP sensor,
45MP with 5x optical zoom
Time of Flight
RAM 12GB
Storage Ultra: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB with micro SD slot for additional 1 TB
Battery 4,500 – 5,000 mAh

Expected Price:

No price released yet

Expected Release Date:

2020

(Read: PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X: Which Game Console Is Worth Buying This 2020?)

4. iPad Pro 2020

Ipad Pro 2020

The next-gen finest tablet from Apple will be unveiled this year after the unfulfilled talk of launching in October 2019. Although there’s not much that;s been said about the new iPad Pro, there are already bits of information released to build up the hype. This will surely be pricey, but the features always look like they are worth your hard-earned cash.

Features:

Key specs What we know so far
Display (Primary) 12.9-inch miniLED screen
Chipset A14X
Camera main lens: 12MP f/1.8 main lens
telephoto: 12MP f/2.0
ultra-wide: 12MP f/2.4
Time of Flight, 3D depth sensor
RAM 12GB
Storage Ultra: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB with micro SD slot for additional 1 TB
Battery 4,500 – 5,000 mAh

Estimated rice:

No price released yet

Expected release date:

First half or third quarter of 2020

5. Nokia 8.2

Nokia 8.2

The new flagship Nokia smartphone is on its way—and that’s the Nokia 8.2 for you. Fans of the brand will be delighted with its features as it is the biggest launch of HMD Global.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Display 6.2 inch screen, IPS LCD (2340×1080)
Front Camera 32MP pop-up
Rear Camera 64MP (with Zeiss optics)
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
Battery 4000 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 735

Estimated price:

Estimated at over P24,000

Expected release date:

Reported to be unveiled in February 2020 (and possibly at Mobile World Congress)

6. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold

This is the world’s first foldable PC—a breakthrough in the tech industry. It boasts a variety of usage modes such as being a small portable flat device, laptop, or tablet. Starting from Windows 10, Lenovo plans to integrate Windows 10X at later dates to enhance the overall experience of ThinkPad users. This ground-breaking device is four years in the making.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Display 13.3-inch screen, OLED
Processor Intel® Core™ Processors + Intel® Hybrid Technology + Windows 10
Connectivity 5G

Expected price:

The price is unofficially reported to start at $2499 (or around P126,000)

Expected release date:

2nd quarter of 2020

7. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401

Asus will release a laptop model that will highly appeal to both gamers and creators. Zephyrus G14, packed with the most recent gaming hardware, is one of the most impressive laptops to be released this 2020.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Display 14-inch screen with Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics
Processor AMD Ryzen 4800HS (8-Core, 16-Thread)
Connectivity WiFi 6 AX 2.2 with Bluetooth 5.0
Memory 32GB RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD storage
Battery 76 Wh, 180 W power adapter & USB-C charging
Extras Anime Matrix LED

Estimated price:

No price released yet

Expected release date:

First half of 2020

8. Huawei P40 Pro

Huawei P40 Pro

Huawei P40 and P40 Pro may be the newest models you’d choose over other brands. These will come in sandwiched metal-and-glass exterior, and Huawei will also feature its Horizon Display, which wraps over the edge of the phone. The vertical camera setup may also have larger housing rather than designs intending to hide them.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Display (Primary) 6.7-inch Quad HD+ OLED
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 990
Front Camera 40MP
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 16MP
RAM 12GB
Storage 512GB with micro SD slot
Battery 4500 mAh
45W charging and 25W wireless charging
OS Android 10 on EMUI 10

Expected price:

Possibly £650 and above (around P44,200)

Expected release date:

Most likely in February at the Mobile World Congress 2020

9. Canon EOS M Camera

Canon EOS M

Photography is almost everyone’s hobby, but some take it more seriously by buying the latest DSLRs. Canon is one of the top brands for the DSLR camera and is rumored to release two APS-C models of EOS. Both have yet to be named, but the first one has these features.

Features:

Key specs What we know so far
Resolution 24 megapixels, APS-C CMOS sensor
Lens 3rd generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology
Monitor 3-inch screen, LCD (touchscreen), vari-angle

Expected price:

Said to cost $849 or around P42,900

Expected release Date:

Rumored to be announced in July 2020

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10. EOS M50 Mark II and EOS M60

EOS M50 Mark II

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Resolution 32.5 megapixels, APS-C CMOS Sensor
Processor DIGIC 8
Frame Rate Full HD 1080p (120 frame per second)
4K UHD (30/24 frame per second)
Monitor 3-inch, 1.04M-dot LCD, vari-angle, touchscreen

Expected price:

No price released or leaked yet.

Expected release date:

No release date yet but rumored to be announced in September 2020

11. Sony PS5

Sony PS5

Sony is undeniably the top brand for home gaming console, and it’s set to secure that spot by releasing another next-gen PlayStation. Few titles have been confirmed, including the all-new exclusive Ghosts of Tsushima, although all Sony’s games will surely be part of the list.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Processor AMD CPU (8-core, custom-built through the new 7nm Zen 2 micro-architecture)
Resolution 8K TV Support
Audio 3D
Storage Solid State Drive
Backwards Compatibility PS4 games & PSVR hardware
Controller DualShock 5, heavier, without light bar

Estimated price:

There’s a leaked price of $499 or around P25,000

Expected release date:

Holiday 2020, which can be within October to December

12. One Plus 8

Oneplus 8

OnePlus joined forces with Verizon to release new phones to penetrate the mobile device market. Aside from the features the phones One Plus 8 and One Plus 8 Pro boast, it is also rumored that Verizon will release 5G versions of these.

Features:

Key specs What we know so far
Display 6.4-inch screen, AMOLED display, 2400 x 1080, 120Hz
6.7-inch screen, AMOLED display, 3140 x 1440, 120Hz (Pro)
Camera 3 lenses (including Time of Flight sensor)
Battery 4,000 – 4,500mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 865
Camera Single

Estimated price:

No released price yet but rumored to be not less than $599 (more than P30,000).

Expected release date:

No official announcement yet, but it’s rumored to be released on March to August.

13. Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X

Secretly called “Project Scarlett,” it’s the future of gaming as Microsoft has promised. Now officially named the Xbox Series X, it promises to raise the bar for speed and performance for the home consoles. This next-gen console aims to match the unveiling of PS5 or dethrone Sony’s incredible reputation for the past decade.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Processor AMD (Zen 2 CPU, Navi graphics architecture)
Resolution 8K with 120 frame per second
Backwards Compatibility Fully supporting (with Xbox Play Anywhere system)
New Feature Windows Mode

Estimated price:

No price released yet but possibly $499, or around P25,000 (like the PS5).

Expected release date:

Holiday 2020, or around October to December

14. Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch

Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch

Fossil is releasing a pair of new styles of Gen 5 Smartwatch, and that means the specs are the same. The new offers are all about colors. The masculine watch features a new Garrett model and the Julianna colors.

Features:

Key specs What we know so far
Display 1.28-inch AMOLED screen (416 x 416 resolution, and 328 pixels per inch)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
Storage 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage

Expected price:

$295 or around 14,900

Expected release date:

January 26, 2020

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15. iPhone 12

iPhone 12

The iPhone 11 may have been a disappointment because of its lack of upgraded features to make it distinct from previous models, but Apple is reportedly set to make up for this shortcoming with the iPhone 12. The new iPhones’ promised new designs and technological upgrades make it one of the most anticipated phones this new decade.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Display 6.1-inch screen (base model)
5.4-inch screen (Pro)
6.7-inch screen (Pro Max)
120Hz panel
Y-OCTA display
Camera 3D Camera with AR/VR
Connectivity USB-C
Chipset Snapdragon 865

Expected price:

Estimated to be over $700 (more than P35,000)

Expected release date:

Rumored to be in September

16. Samsung Galaxy Watch 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2

Although the Galaxy Watch 2 was announced in 2018, there are not much information leaks about its design or new features. The Android smartwatch is likely to be released along with Samsung S11/S20.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Software Tizen OS, Bixby voice assistant
Chipset Exynos 9110

Expected price:

The cost may start between $399 or $429 (P20,000 to P21,000)

Expected release date:

Most likely in March 2020

17. Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Watch Series 6

Following the success of the Watch Series 5, Apple Watch Series 6 will be filled with radical design changes (which the previous model lacked) and new features to enhance the smartwatch experience. Some of the rumored features to watch out for are listed below.

Features:

Key specs What we know so far
Software watchOS 7
Display MicroLED
Chipset S5
Water Resistance 100 meters deep
Extras Sleep tracking, Face ID

Estimated price:

May start at $399 or around P20,000

Expected release date:

Rumored to be in September 2020

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18. Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13

The convertible notebook finally got rid of its annoying bezels, although those that remain are squeezed into a 0.5-inch. It is smaller than the previous version but still made with anodized aluminum with interiors of carbon/woven glass fiber. A real contender with the best laptops in the market.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Design No conspicuous bezels
Display 13.4-inch screen, Gorilla Glass 6 panel, 16:10 aspect ratio
Resolution 1080 pixels, 4K, HDR, Dolby Support
Processor 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
Memory 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD

Expected price:

Pre-order at $1,000 or around P50,000

Expected release date:

Pre-order starts in January 7 and shipping is on February

19. Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony is still the trusted brand for noise-canceling headphones, and its next model will be another new sought after technology because of its enhanced headphone experience.

Features:

There’s not much information leaked about this new Sony headphone, but certainly it will be a better version of WH-1000XM3 which performs well in the market. WH-1000XM4 is already listed in FCC wireless products.

Estimated price:

Probably $349 or around P17,000

Expected release date:

Rumored to be at Mobile World Congress in February

20. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

With the rising demand for Chromebooks, Samsung and Google put more effort into their collaboration to bring the device into corporate offices. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is a promising laptop of the finest features that may actualize that goal.

Features

Key specs What we know so far
Display 13.3-inch screen, 4K AMOLED display, 3840 x 2160 resolution
Processor Intel 10th Gen Core-i5
Camera 8 megapixels
RAM 8GB (base product)
16GB (upgrade)
Storage 128GB (base product)
1 TB (upgrade)
Battery 49.2Wh

Estimated price:

Starts at $999 or around P50,000

Expected release date:

First quarter of 2020

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