iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE (2020): double the price, double the phone?



The iPhone 12 is Apple’s smartphone standard bearer for 2021, and the phone that will tick the most boxes for the most people. But it’s not for everyone.

As we noted in our review, the iPhone 12 is more expensive than its predecessor the iPhone 11, which was hardly cheap itself. There are some, too, who will lament Apple’s continued move towards ever larger displays.

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iPhone 12 vs iPhone SE (2020): double the price, double the phone?



The iPhone 12 is Apple’s smartphone standard bearer for 2021, and the phone that will tick the most boxes for the most people. But it’s not for everyone.

As we noted in our review, the iPhone 12 is more expensive than its predecessor the iPhone 11, which was hardly cheap itself. There are some, too, who will lament Apple’s continued move towards ever larger displays.

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120Hz always-on display, smaller notch, lidar and more



Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup has only been on virtual shelves for a few months, and already the mobile phone world has turned its attention to the iPhone 13 (or whatever Apple names its next flagship) and the three other variants expected to join the lineup: the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The latest rumors include a 120Hz always-on display à la the Apple Watch (and like many Android phones have had for years), a smaller notch, bigger battery, and even a potential foldable iPhone variant.



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Apple's iPhone 11, 12 Pro Max and SE phones


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Apple’s iPhone 11, 12 Pro Max and SE phones


Rumors were circulating about Apple’s 2021 phone lineup even before the last Apple event, which unveiled the iPhone 12. And the leaks are only going to ramp up as we get closer to the next iPhone release date. Read on to find the latest rumors about the iPhone 13’s price, design, specs and more. We’ll update this story as new information becomes available.

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Release date: iPhone 13 should be here by mid-September

So far, there’s no official or unofficial word on when we can expect to see Apple’s next iPhone. Usually, we can predict with some degree of accuracy when Apple’s iPhone events will occur and extrapolate a release date based on that. 2020 was a different story — it was the first September Apple event in eight years without an iPhone — thanks to delays in production due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, however, Kuo is forecasting business as usual for Apple’s supply chain. If that’s the case, we can expect to see the iPhone 13 unveiled at an event sometime in September.

Let’s synthesize the info we have: 

  • Apple likes to hold its events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
  • iPhone release dates are typically a week and a half after Apple’s announcements.
  • In general, new iPhones are released on a Friday, around the third week of September.

A few years ago, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple event timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read…

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Top deals on iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 and more




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Flipkart is back with yet another shopping festival exclusively on iPhones. The Flipkart Apple Days sale went live on March 1 and will go on till March 4. Flipkart is offering discounts on Apple iPhones, iPad, AirPods, Apple Watch and more. Buyers will also get instant discounts on HDFC cards. Along with the phones, buyers will also get a free one-year Apple TV+ subscription.

Buyers will get upto Rs 6000 off on Apple products including iPhone using HDFC debit and credit cards. The offer is also valid on EMI purchases. So here are some of the deals you should not miss on iPhones

— The iPhone 12 Mini is being sold for Rs 69,900 during Flipkbut if you are an HDFC cardholder, you will get an instant discount of Rs 6000. After discount, the phone can be purchased for Rs 63,900 for the 64GB variant. Buyers can also exchange their old device for the new one and get up to Rs 16, 500 off

— The iPhone 12 is being sold for Rs 79,900 on Flipkart but during the sale. However, if you purchase the device using the HDFC card, you will get an instant discount of Rs 6000. So after the discount, the price comes down to Rs 73,900 during the sale. Additionally, buyers can also exchange their old device for the new one and get up to Rs 16, 500 off.

— The iPhone SE is being sold for Rs 31,999. There is no HDFC instant discount available on the smartphone. But if you have a Bank of Baroda card, you can get an instant discount of 10 percent The price of the iPhone SE on the Apple store is Rs 39,999. Buyers can also exchange their old devices for the new ones and get up to Rs 16, 500 off.

— One of the best selling Apple devices— the iPhone 11 is available at a discounted price of Rs 49,999 on Flipkart. There is no HDFC bank offer applicable on the iPhone 11 but buyers can avail of the exchange offer and get up to Rs 16, 500 off.

— Apple MacBook Air is available at Rs 83,990. It is powered by Intel Core i3 10th generation coupled with 8GB of RAM. The MacBook comes with a 13.3-inch display and offers storage of 256GB.

— Apple Watch SE is being sold for Rs 19, 990 during the Flipkart Apple Days sale.

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Xiaomi and Oppo stars, Huawei wanes


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  • Samsung and Apple remained the biggest smartphone makers in Europe in 2020 despite waning shipments.
  • Third-placed Xiaomi was the biggest gainer in 2020.
  • Huawei continued to slip on the continent.

The European smartphone market slowed markedly in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, but there were some notable performers on the continent despite the dip. According to a report by Counterpoint, the likes of Xiaomi and Oppo took full advantage of Samsung’s slowdown and Huawei’s continued struggles.

As a whole, 2020 was a dismal year for the industry. Shipments in Europe were down 14% in 2020 compared to a year prior, owing to lengthy lockdowns and stifled economic activity.

Samsung: Shipments dip, market share grows

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At the head of the market, Samsung and Apple were able to stay the wobble but both failed to fully capitalize on Huawei’s recession. The firms grew their combined market share in the region to 54%.

Echoing the global market results, Samsung ended 2020 as Europe’s biggest smartphone maker despite shipping 12% fewer devices than a year prior. Counterpoint owed this slowed growth to the lackluster sales performance of the Galaxy S20 series and the launch of Apple’s first 5G lineup. Samsung nonetheless expanded its market share by a percentage point to 32%.

Apple, which ended the last quarter of 2020 topping Samsung on shipments, settled for second place over the entire year. Its annual growth waned by just 1% thanks to the performance of the iPhone 12 line.

Xiaomi, Oppo move into Huawei’s void

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The real winner in 2020 was Xiaomi. Capitalizing on Huawei‘s fall, Xiaomi is now the region’s third-biggest smartphone maker. It nearly doubled its 2019 smartphone shipments quota with strong sales in Spain and Italy, per Counterpoint. Its performance saw Huawei slip back to fourth place. Huawei’s shipments dipped by 43% year-over-year tanking its market share from 19% in 2019 to 12% in 2020.

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Finally, a BBK Electronics trio prop up Europe’s smartphone market. Oppo remains the biggest BBK brand in Europe. It saw an 82% increase in shipments in 2020 over 2019 which upped its market…

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