Google Pixel 4a colors and price just leaked, Plus may land in July

The Google Pixel 4a still hasn't been unveiled despite a boatload of rumors and leaks suggesting it'll be coming soon, and the latest suggests it'll be ready to ship at the start of July. 

French retailer Ordimedia has listed the handset on its website with a July 7 launch date. That goes against other rumors we've seen suggesting the phone will be unveiled on July 13, so this may not be accurate information.

The listing also says the device will come in two colors; Just Black and Blue. That's a surprise that there's no unusual adjective at the start of the Blue shade considering Google's normal naming strategy, but that may change before launch.

The device's price is also included, and it's listed as €509.56 including VAT. That may be a placeholder price – which is something a lot of retailers include – but it's a very specific number, so may also be accurate.

If that's true, a straight conversion of the price means it'll cost around £460 / $580 or AU$830. Take that with a big pinch of salt though as it's likely to be quite different around the world.

The Pixel 4a launch has been topsy-turvy after we've seen multiple rumored launch days come and go, with other rumors suggesting why the phone was delayed. We'll be keeping you up to date with the latest on the Pixel 4a when we hear it.

Via 9To5Google

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iOS 14 may get its own Apple AirTags app, and we know what it might sound like

The iOS 14 update is expected to be announced on Monday at WWDC 2020, and a new leak suggests we may be getting a dedicated Apple AirTags app as part of the new software.

AirTags are rumored location tracking devices that you can attach to your belongings and then use your phone to monitor their location. Think of it as a way to keep an eye on your keys or purse.

New leaks suggest that Apple will be using a dedicated app for this functionality, but it's not entirely clear yet if it will land as part of a later iOS 13 update or the upcoming iOS 14.

Two separate leaks provided this information, one from leaker @blue_kanikama that shared some details on the marketing of the devices, as you can see below.

Another leak has also found the sound effects you can expect from the app. This comes from serial leaker Soybeys, who has previously shared information on Apple products.

As with any leaks we'd take these with a pinch of salt, and the leaks don't make mention of a watchOS 7 or iPadOS 14 app, but it would make sense for apps to also land on those platforms.

We're expecting to hear more about all three lots of software and much more at the official WWDC 2020 event that is starting on June 22. We'll have a live blog to keep you up to date with the latest information, so be sure to check back on Monday for that.

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OnePlus Z rumor says it could have a more powerful camera than anyone expected

OnePlus is heavily rumored to be returning to cheaper Android phones in the near future with its next release, and the latest leak suggests that whatever the phone is called, the company may include four rear cameras.

The OnePlus Z (a name that's now heavily rumored to be the OnePlus Nord) has previously been leaked with three cameras on the back, but now a solid source has suggested that may be upped to four.

According to Max J, a Twitter leaker who has previously leaked OnePlus information, the phone is set to come with four shooters, though he doesn't specify any exact specs. You can see the tweet for yourself below:

The message isn't particularly clear, and it's a bit of a cryptic tweet. The N at the end of the word "soon" is capped up, which we believe means Max J has information the OnePlus Z will eventually be called OnePlus Nord.

That seems likely now as we've seen lots of information pointing toward that, but we'd be impressed if OnePlus has managed to include a quad-camera on its next cheap phone.

The rumors - including leaked renders - have all suggested it'll have three rear shooters. The OnePlus 8 is part of the company's flagship range, and that just featured a triple camera with the OnePlus 8 Pro being the only phone from the company with four shooters.

Obviously we wouldn't expect such high-end specs on the rear camera of the OnePlus Z though, so that may be how the company has managed to achieve the sheer quantity.

A previous leak had suggested it'd come with triple camera setup featuring a 48MP main camera with additional 16MP and 12MP elements.

We don't know exactly when we'll officially hear about the OnePlus Z, but one leak has suggested it'll be coming on July 10.

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Call of Duty: Mobile finally proved to me why you’d want the Sony Xperia 1 II’s screen

A 21:9 aspect ratio is something we’ve seen on a variety of smartphones over the past two years. It makes your phone longer (and therefore more difficult to use day-to-day) but allows you to have a wider display for when you're settling down to watch a widescreen video or play a game.

Time and time again I’ve heard from manufacturers that a widescreen display makes for a far better experience. I agree that it does when you're specifically watching video or a myriad of other activities in landscape, but the switch to 21:9 makes it a more difficult phone to use when messaging and whatnot.

And to be honest, that's mostly when I'm using my phone. So that's a difficult trade to make, especially when the amount of 21:9 smartphone content out there is still sparse. But then in walks Call of Duty: Mobile... and I'm reconsidering all of that.

The game has hammered home to me why people would want a wider display like this, and while it didn't give me an entire epiphany it did further prove to me that this is a good choice for some.

The Xperia 1 II's big screen

Sony’s Xperia 1 and Xperia 1 II both feature a 21:9 aspect ratio display, and we’ve seen a variety of other manufacturers follow suit and include a similar (if not always exactly 21:9) widescreen display on other devices.

The first widescreen phone didn't come from Sony, though. In fact, it was the LG Chocolate BL40 back in 2009. That phone featured a 4-inch 345 x 800 display - a modest size for the inaugural phone screen with this elongated aspect ratio.

And that's the problem here - a 4-inch display is easy to use even if it's in a 21:9 aspect ratio. The human hand is able to reach everything it needs to. Both Sony's phones are 6.5-inches, and I can confirm a lot of people struggle to use these phones one-handed.

A size of 6.5-inches matches a variety of top-end phones right now, I hear you cry. Yes, it does - but those aren’t 21:9. It’s impossible for me to use this phone properly one-handed and still be confident that I’m not going to drop it. That's a similar situation for a lot of others that I've handed the phone to.

Then in walks CoD

But Call of Duty: Mobile, and a couple of hours of my spare time through the pandemic, has made me realize why that doesn’t entirely matter.

Booting up the game for the first time on the Xperia 1 II didn’t show any clear differences, and then eventually I started to recognize that the game was filling a lot more of the display. Then the game started properly (after all those tutorials) and, it looked great. More importantly, it felt great.

The on-screen controls were far easier to use because of the extra space afforded to the game with the 21:9 aspect ratio. Plus, I had a wider field of view, that I genuinely felt gave me an advantage over the competition who were likely using other Android devices.

But the highlight is the fact my fingers weren't always over the top of the gameplay. Having a 21:9 aspect ratio does work for some people - but it's a decision you have to make knowing that you may struggle to use the phone one-handed.

If you're fine with that, then you'll love the extra benefits it gives you. If you're especially obsessed with Call of Duty: Mobile (which I might soon be as well) then you will want to consider the Xperia 1 II for your next phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 may be joined by two new folding phones at August 5 unveil

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 may be unveiled alongside two new folding phones, if a new leak is to be believed.

According to Jon Prosser, a Twitter leaker that has had success with a lot of Apple leaks in recent months, the Galaxy Note 20 will be joined by the Galaxy Fold 2 and a Galaxy Z Flip 5G.

His tweet just references those three names, and there's no clear sign of the Galaxy Note 20 Plus on this list. He also doesn't specifically say there isn't a Plus variant of the Note 20, so it may just be that he forget to note that device.

The tweet mentions a launch date of August 5, which matches a previous leak that we've seen from other sources. Prosser adds that the three phones will be available to buy on August 20, but he doesn't specify markets or pricing information.

That previous leak noted that there would be news on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 and Galaxy Tab S7 tablet, but Prosser's tweet is specifically about phones so doesn't note these.

Take all of this with a pinch of salt for now, but it seems that August 5 date is looking even more likely than ever before as we've heard that from two trusted sources.

A 5G variant of the Galaxy Z Flip is a new idea that hasn't been mentioned in a lot of previous leaks, but it'd make sense for the company to re-release its second folding phone with 5G compatibility built-in. It may be that other specs change in the device, but we're so far unclear on what to expect.

Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 have been more thorough in recent months, and we've heard the company will be increasing the size of the display on the front of the device.

Hopefully we'll learn more ahead of the August 5 unveil, and we've contacted Samsung to see if there's any official news on when to expect these devices.

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iOS 14 may introduce a new translation feature to your iPhone

An early build of the upcoming iOS 14 update has shown off one of the core features you can expect it to bring to your iPhone later in the year.

According to software seen by 9to5Mac, Apple is including a built-in translator within the Safari app. That'll allow you to translate a page within the web browser without using a third-party app.

9to5Mac also found the translation option was being tested on other apps throughout the Apple ecosystem. The website gave the App Store as a clear example, which if rolled out allow you to read reviews of apps and games that are written in other languages.

All of the translation is also set to be done on your device itself, so you wouldn't need an internet connection to be able to use it. It's also thought the new tech that will allow for this, will allow Siri to complete translations offline.

Another feature spotted allows you to automatically translate web pages to your preferred language when you're using them. Always want to be able to read your tech news in a different language to your iPhone's operating system? That's now an option.

Finally, the software has also shown a tool that allows you to switch between the original text and the translation without reloading the page. That should allow you to compare text in both languages to make sure the translation is correct.

And for iPad?

Alongside that, the website also had a glimpse at the iPadOS 14 upgrade. It's not clear if the same translation features will be included - but we'd expect them to be - and the software suggests a big upgrade is increased Apple Pencil support.

According to the early build of iPadOS 14, the software will allow you to use the Apple Pencil to draw on top of websites or scroll through a page using the stylus.

Take this all with a pinch of salt for now as there's a chance these features won't make it to the final build of either software. We expect to hear about iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 in the coming weeks though as the company hosts an online-only WWDC 2020 starting on June 22.

Via Phone Arena

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The TCL 10 Pro isn’t the best phone of 2020, but it’s exciting nevertheless

The TCL 10 Pro isn’t the best smartphone in the world - and in fact, it didn’t even break into our main list of the top 15 phones you can buy right now - but nevertheless, I'm excited to see it on virtual shop shelves.

The TCL 10 Pro received three stars out of five from TechRadar, and we called it “not a bad phone” with a further (and more damning) clarification that “you can get so much more for the money, whether you’re minded towards Android or iOS.”

For clarity, I didn’t review the TCL 10 Pro for TechRadar so I haven’t used the handset extensively, but I’m excited because this phone shows there’s still space for new entrants in the mobile market.

Welcome to a new contender

That quote from our review is quite damning, right? But that doesn't mean we want TCL to give up. In fact, I want TCL to see that criticism (and it’s not just us, a lot of our rival tech publications seem to agree with our review of the phone) and run further with a sequel.

TCL entering the phone game with its own branding is an exciting move. Previously, the company has produced handsets through its sub brands of Alcatel and BlackBerry, both of which catered to a very different niche than TCL is trying to target with the 10 Pro.

BlackBerry handsets under TCL haven't thrived, but they've consistently offered a business-focused experience that you can't really get anywhere else. Alcatel on the other hand has been consistently producing some of the best affordable phones on the market.

With the TCL brand becoming more and more recognized in the TV market, it makes sense for the company to apply the name - and the methodology associated with it - to smartphones too.

That methodology involves offering a quality product, but making some necessary cuts to ensure it comes in at an affordable price, which is what it has tried to do with the TCL 10 Pro.

TCL 10 Pro

The rear cameras on the TCL 10 Pro

The TCL 10 Pro isn't looking to compete with the very top-end handsets for a lower price. This isn’t going to be the phone you consider instead of a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra or iPhone 11 Pro Max, but it may be an alternative to a Samsung Galaxy A90 5G or even something like the OnePlus 8.

And while the TCL 10 Pro isn't entirely successful, with the experience of making that phone behind it, whatever comes next from TCL may be a true contender for the very best mid-range phone that money can buy.

No matter what, we now have another major manufacturer with a lot of money behind it - along with experience in the consumer tech market - going full throttle and developing 5G handsets for the mid-range mobile phone space. 

That's exciting, and while I won't be recommending the TCL 10 Pro itself to people, I'm excited to see what the company is capable of doing next.

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Motorola just leaked the Moto G Fast, and it may be the brand’s next cheap phone

Looking for a great cheap phone? The Moto G Fast is set to be launched by Motorola soon if a leak from the company itself is to be believed, and it looks like the device will join the ever-growing Moto G8 family.

A video on the Motorola US YouTube channel (that has since been removed) showed a new device called the Moto G Fast with a tagline of "ultra-fast, ultra-responsive" and a variety of affordable phone-like specs.

TechRadar has asked Motorola for comment on the Moto G Fast, and we'll update this article if we hear back.

According to the video, the phone will feature an octa-core Snapdragon chipset (it didn't specify what model) alongside 3GB of RAM. That's 1GB less than the Moto G8, so don't expect this to give phenomenal power that can compete with flagship devices.

Motorola also says this device will offer two-day battery life, but it's currently unclear how big the battery inside will be. 

The final thing the video teaches us is that the camera will have an ultra-wide-angle shooter as well as a macro lens, alongside the main sensor. We don't currently know any of the specs for these elements though, and the video doesn't teach us much more about the phone.

It does show off the design of the handset though. The video was re-uploaded on another channel, and you can watch it here.

And another handset is coming

Motorola has also unveiled the new Moto G Pro. That's a rebranding of the Moto G Stylus that we've seen in the US for the last few months, and the company has begun selling it in Germany for €329 (about £300 / AU$540).

We've yet to hear if the device is coming to the UK or Australia, but we've asked for further information from Motorola and we'll be sure to share with you when we hear more.

Via GSMArena

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New Apple Watch Pride bands on sale now, and you’re getting a watch face soon too

June is LGBTQ Pride month around the world, and to celebrate Apple offers a flavor of the iconic flag that can be attached to your Apple Watch and wrapped around your wrist.

Apple has released two Pride straps that work with all existing Apple Watch models. There's the standard Pride Edition Sport band that you can see above, and a new tweak to the Nike wristband design that also features the flag's colors (you can see that look below).

Both the bands are made of fluoroelastomer, which is the same material that we've seen on all other Sport bands for the Apple Watch.

You can buy the Apple Watch Pride Edition Sport band for $49 / £49 / AU$79 on the Apple website. The Pride Edition Nike Sport band is also on sale from Apple now too for the same price.

The Apple Watch 5 with a Pride Edition Nike Sport band

If you don't want to spend money on one of these straps, Apple is giving you a free way to celebrate Pride with your smartwatch with a new watch face. You can see the design in the image at the top of this story.

That is going to be a free download to your device, and you'll be able to get it in watchOS 6.2.5. That update has begun rolling out around the world, so you should find it lands on your smartwatch soon.

That will be the main part of the update for most, but users in Saudi Arabia will now also get access to the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications as part of this update.

Back in 2018, Apple unveiled another Pride face and strap for its Apple Watch. That's no longer easily available from the company, but if you're looking for a nylon alternative you may be able to find it from some third-party sellers.

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Huawei P30 Pro just got re-released – and it features Google Mobile Services apps

The Huawei P30 Pro was one of the best smartphones of 2019, and the company wants to continue the success of that device by re-releasing it in 2020 with some minor improvements.

The Huawei P30 Pro New Edition has just been unveiled – after some previous rumors of the device being in development – for customers in Germany, where it'll cost €749 (about £650, $800, AU$1,250). It's set to go on sale on May 31.

We've yet to hear if the device will be landing in other markets and when asked by TechRadar, Huawei declined to comment on whether the phone would be coming to the UK. We wouldn't expect to be able to buy this phone in the US or Australia.

The Huawei P40 Pro is a beautiful piece of hardware, but its lack of Google Mobile Services means it is a difficult phone to recommend to those who are embeded in core services like Gmail, YouTube, the Google Play Store and more.

To combat that, Huawei has re-released the Huawei P30 Pro with some limited tweaks that mean it's still capable of accessing Google Mobile Services like the ones listed above.

The difference in spec from the 2019 phone is minimal. The default device here comes with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, but that was already an option on the original Huawei P30 Pro.

It also comes with Android 10 straight out of the box too, but again that's something the original device can be upgraded to over the air.

This features the same design, camera and chipset as the original device as well. You can read our full Huawei P30 Pro review, and we hope to be able to try out the newer device as soon as possible.

Via Phone Arena

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Excited for the new iPhone? Take our iPhone through the ages quiz

The first flagship new iPhone of a brand new decade is expected to launch in September this year, and we're already hearing a lot of rumors about the upcoming family of devices.

In our coverage of the new iPhone, we wanted to take a look back through the 13-year history of Apple's smartphone. It has changed a lot, and you may have forgotten some of the devices that we've seen Apple sell since 2007.

TechRadar has covered the iPhone since day one, so we've put together a quiz on every device from the original Apple phone all the way through to the brand new iPhone SE and iPhone 11.

Below you'll find our full iPhone quiz so you can test your knowledge of Apple's smartphone through the ages:

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Apple AirTags look set to finally be unveiled at WWDC next month

Apple's AirTags have been rumored for a long time, and it seems we may finally be about to see the location tracking hardware debut.

A trusted leaker has predicted that we'll be getting news about AirTags at Apple's WWDC software conference next month.

Jon Prosser, a tech analyst who has leaked various details about Apple's upcoming products, tweeted "WWDC" in response to someone asking about whether he has news on the upcoming product.

Prosser has correctly predicted information about the iPhone SE and Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch over the last couple of months.

WWDC doesn't usually revolve around hardware, and it's usually the event where the company unveils its upcoming software. For example, this year we're expecting to hear about iOS 14 and watchOS 7.

But it does make sense that Apple AirTags will be debuting here as the hardware is rumored to be heavily integrated with iOS and macOS.

It's expected that Apple AirTags will be similar to Tile trackers. These are small gadgets you can attach to other items and use software such as an app on your phone to locate them.

For example, it'd be useful if you had a pair attached to your keys and you're prone to losing them around your own house. Apple AirTags are rumored to use Find My iPhone-like software to track down the exact locations of the AirTag, and therefore your stuff.

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The iPhone SE is great, but it just makes me want an iPhone SE Plus that bit more

I’ve spent a lot of the last few weeks reporting on the iPhone SE from Apple, and while it’s a comfort to see the company embrace its cheapest iPhone ever, there’s one thing I'm desperate for; a bigger screen.

The new iPhone SE sports the same 4.7-inch screen size that we saw the company use from the iPhone 6 through to the iPhone 8. There's certainly a market for that screen size - Apple wouldn't be making this device if there wasn't - but I want a mixture of affordability and a bigger display.

That may eventually happen, with leaks suggesting an iPhone SE Plus is in the works. Jon Prosser - a tech analyst who has been consistently right with Apple leaks for the past few months - has hinted that it’s likely there’s iPhone SE Plus news coming soon.

That said, another trusted analyst has suggested we may not see the iPhone SE Plus for a long time. Ming-Chi Kuo's latest report suggests it may even be pushed back into the second half of 2021. That's a long time to wait, especially for those looking to upgrade their phones from devices that are two to four years old.

If the 2021 release date is true, it's a pity for anyone who wants an affordable iPhone. That's especially the case if you're someone who wants a larger phone that sports all the benefits of iOS.

There are still options if you’re after an affordable iPhone with a larger display, but the iPhone SE Plus is almost certain to beat them in specs, and perhaps even value. 

First up, you have the choice of the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. This is a difficult phone to recommend anyone purchases in 2020, as the specs are starting to look a bit dated - it was unveiled in 2017 - and the price is still relatively high considering that.

The iPhone XR is another option. This was Apple’s slightly more affordable model from 2018. It features a 6.1-inch display, but again offers a slightly lower spec than what we’d expect from a potential iPhone SE Plus.

The iPhone SE sports a top-end A13 Bionic chipset, which essentially allows it to have similar power to an iPhone 11. If an iPhone SE Plus was real, it would likely feature the same chipset and therefore be more powerful than both the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XR.

iPhone XR

The iPhone XR

You may think having a larger screen will drive up the price of the device, but Apple may be able to keep the cost of the device under $500 even with a larger display.

The iPhone 11 Pro (the company's most recent 5.8-inch phone) launched at $999 / £1,049 / AU$1,749, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max (its 6.5-inch sibling) cost $1,099 / £1,149 / AU$1,899. That's a $100 / £100 / AU$150 price difference.

Those two phones don't differ much, apart from their size and the battery used to power them. I'd expect it to be a similar price difference (or perhaps even less) for an iPhone SE Plus, and if that's the case we'd still see it start at just under $500.

Will it happen?

So will there be an iPhone SE Plus? The rumors suggest it's a device that the company has in development, but it would be a little out of character for Apple to later unveil an iPhone SE Plus having already launched a new iPhone SE.

It may be that the original plan was to have two devices, but production was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. If that's the case, Apple may have shelved the idea of the larger phone.

My dream of a larger affordable iPhone may be all but dead; only time will tell. 

All in all, it’s great to see Apple is back to embracing the affordable end of the market again. I just want to have more affordable options than just the one small device, and an iPhone SE Plus would be the perfect way to achieve that.

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Future iPhones could wirelessly charge MacBooks – and vice versa

Your next iPhone or MacBook may be able to wirelessly charge your other Apple devices in a similar way to what top-end Android phones can do.

According to a new patent filed at the end of 2019, Apple is looking at implementing reverse wireless charging. You can see the full patent filed at the US Patent and Trademark office.

This isn't the first time we've seen Apple mention the tech. The company has previously filed patents in 2018 and back in 2015 for similar technology.

However, this is the first time Apple has filed a patent for the tech since reverse wireless charging has been commonly available on flagship Android devices.

A lot of top-end Android phones - including the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Huawei P40 - support reverse wireless charging where you're able to share your phone's battery with another device.

This patent from Apple suggests it'd also work with MacBook devices as well, allowing you to charge your iPhone or Apple Watch on your laptop without the need for wires.

There's also a mention of the MacBook being able to be recharged by an iPhone. Exactly how that would work - especially considering MacBooks have far bigger batteries than iPhones - is unclear, but it's an interesting concept.

Previously a report has said the iPhone 11 series had the hardware necessary for reverse wireless charging, but the company turned it off in the software before the devices were available.

Does that mean it's something we're set to see in iOS 14 or macOS 10.16? We'll have to wait until WWDC 2020 - now an online-only event - to see if the feature is set to be included in the new software.

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OnePlus 8 Pro launch live blog: follow along with today’s big phone unveiling

A new phone is being announced today, despite the Covid-19 pandemic that's sweeping the world and which has disrupted the tech industry, and it's the new OnePlus 8 Pro.

In fact, we're likely to see a whole series of new handsets. We're expecting to hear about the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and – possibly – a OnePlus 8 Lite during the livestreamed event.

We don't know exactly where the livestream will be beamed in from, but it's all set to start at 11am EST / 8am PT / 4pm BST today, April 14, which is 2am AEST on April 15.

Here we're going to talk you through the OnePlus 8 launch as it happens. We'll be commenting on what we see, and if you want to watch along at the same time you can do so using the link above.

OnePlus 8 Pro launch live blog

All times in Eastern Standard Time (ET)

11:51 - Thanks for tuning in to our live blog for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Read on down below to see how the event played out!

11:50 - That's it - the event is over. There was a quick mention of a new online game called Crackables 2.0 that we didn't get to mention where you've got the chance to win $10,000.

11:48 - Bullets Wireless Z are around $50, while the OnePlus 8 with 8GB and 128GB of storage is $699. The 12GB and 256GB version is $799. We've yet to get prices for other regions.

The OnePlus 8 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is $899, while the 12GB and 256GB is $999. You'll be able to buy the phone in Europe from April 21 - pre-orders are live now - while those in the US have to wait a while.

11:46 - 10 minutes of charging will allow for 10 hours of audio, according to OnePlus. They'll last for 20 hours from a single charge.

The company also had a variety of cases that you'll be able to buy for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. There's even one from a street artist that we've never heard of.

11:45 - We've been told we'll hear about the price soon, but it's accessories first. The Bullets Wireless Z are a new version of the company's headphones, and we're about to learn about them.

11:40 - 5G time. Both of these devices are 5G compatible, and you won't be able to get a 4G-only version of either the OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro. It's an interesting move from OnePlus.

11:38 - There's still a Qualcomm Snapdragon 864 in here, and it's up to 12GB of RAM. That's as powerful as the OnePlus 8 Pro, and it'll be interesting to see how the two phones compare.

There's also a 4300mAh battery inside, plus it comes with fast-wireless charging. There doesn't seem to be anything here about wireless charging though, which may be a shame for some.

11:36 - The OnePlus 8 also have a triple camera design with the 48MP shooter being the main camera here. You'll also have a 16MP ultra-wide, and 5MP macro camera as well.

11:34 - It's only a Full HD+ resolution (that's 2400 x 1080) for the OnePlus 8, so that's one of the major differences to the Pro model.

11:32 - It's 180 grams, which is notably light for a device of its type. It's set to come in Onyx Black, Glacial Green and another shade called Interstellar Glow. That last one is a reflective material that gives you different shades depending on when you're looking at it from.

11:31 - Ah, here we go. It's a 6.55-inch display. On paper, that doesn't sound like it'll be a lot smaller but OnePlus is spouting a lot of spec that does suggest it'll be a lot easier to hold in the hand compared to other flagships around right now.

11:30 - This is a more "compact flagship", according to OnePlus. We've yet to find out the exact dimensions of the device so far, but it looks like it's set to have a smaller display as the leaks suggested.

11:29 - Yes, it's the OnePlus 8. It seems to have lots of similar features to the Pro, but it's set to have a few less. Let's find out what's different...

11:28 - We're going to have to wait a while longer to find out exactly how much it costs and the release date. We're moving onto another device now, which we're expecting to be the OnePlus 8.

11:26 - Google Stadia is also set to be available on the OnePlus 8 Pro at launch. OnePlus just confirmed older devices will also get support for the service, but it has yet to reveal the exact phones.

11:25 - That's it for spec, and we're moving onto the software. It's still called OxygenOS, and there are 280 new optimizations to make using the phone "more fluid than ever before".

There's a new Dark Theme, plus there are new dynamic wallpapers that change depending on the weather where you are. These aren't gamechanging ideas, but they're interesting little additions.

11:24 - The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging, plus the company just said it'll give you 50% power in just 30 minutes. That's a strong result for wireless charging compared to the competition.

11:23 - This is the largest battery ever in a OnePlus phone, and 4510mAh is a big cell for any device. Hopefully that means we'll be able to use this device for a full day without having to recharge.

11:22 - As previously confirmed, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset is powering this device with up to 12GB of RAM. We've yet to learn if there will be a lower RAM version of the OnePlus 8 Pro.

The battery is a 4510mAh cell, which has wireless charging for the very first time. That's fast wireless charging too, which works at 30W. We don't yet know exactly how long that'll take to charge up your phone from zero.

11:17 - Now we're into the camera, and as rumored there's two 48MP rear cameras on the OnePlus 8 Pro. There's also a telephoto shooter, but we don't know the exact specs for this. It's a 3x hybrid zoom though.

The 48MP are the standard and the ultra-wide cameras here. It's the Sony IMX586 sensor for both of these, and we're excited to properly try these out when we fully review these devices.

11:15 - What does 120Hz mean? It's the refresh rate of your screen. The average smartphone has a 60Hz display, so images on the OnePlus 8 Pro will refresh twice as fast as most other smartphones. 

That allows for a smoother picture when playing video games or scrolling through your social media feeds.

11:12 - This is the highest spec display in the universe, according to OnePlus. It's a 6.78-inch 120Hz display with a QHD+ (that's 3168 x 1440) resolution. 

DisplayMate - a trusted source for testing phone screens - gave the OnePlus 8 Pro a rating of A+. That's the website's highest award, so you can expect a fantastic experience on the OnePlus 8 Pro's screen.

11:10 - We're starting with design. It has a curved glass back with a glossy finish or a matte-frosted finish. On the front is a punch-hole front facing camera that is 3.8mm in diameter. That's a change away from the self hiding camera on previous OnePlus devices.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is also IP68 water and dust resistant!

11:09 - Here it is! The OnePlus 8 Pro is confirmed, and it's being shown off on stage right now. Let's dive into the specs you can get.

11:08 - 5G is the other big talking point here at the start. We've heard the phrase "OnePlus is all in 5G" on stage, and that's because the whole range of OnePlus devices we see today are going to be next-gen connectivity enabled.

That's a bold move that we haven't seen from all manufacturers. For example, Samsung's Galaxy S20 range still features 4G variants.

11:07 - A bit of a mention here for the OnePlus Concept One. That's a device the company unveiled at CES 2020 that had a disappearing rear camera. The leaks don't suggest any of these new devices will feature that tech, but it may be something we see introduced in future OnePlus phones.

11:05 - Typically, OnePlus is starting off by talking about its community. Prepare for a bit of this before we get into the meat of the announcement where we'll hear about the new devices.

11:03 - The event is happening at different locations around the world, which makes sense considering we've yet to hear exactly where the event would be happening. That's an interesting touch, and it seems like we'll have lots of different presenters throughout today's show.

11:02 - We've yet to properly start as the company is talking about its social distancing policy and how its workers are currently at home. 

10:55 - We're kicking off a little early with a video all about the OnePlus community. Don't worry if you're not settled down to watch yet, they're not going to unveil the new devices until at least 11am EST.

Even then, we'd expect to get a bit of preamble before the name OnePlus 8 is uttered on stage.

10:50 - This isn't the first launch that has been forced to go online-only because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Devices such as the Huawei P40 Pro and Sony Xperia 1 II were forced into internet-only events earlier in the year.

It's something major manufacturers have adapted to quickly to ensure each can keep unveiling new devices without a hitch. 

That said, here at TechRadar we're missing the physical events themselves and the opportunity to grab as many snacks as we can before hopping into live blogs like this. Right now, we just have coffee in hand in our own houses.

10:40 - We've got 20 minutes to go until we get to see the OnePlus event. Below you'll be able to watch the launch event live on YouTube, but be sure to follow along with our live blog throughout the event too.

09:40 - What are you most excited to hear about later today? Vote in our Twitter poll below.

09:00 - Are you a big fan of OnePlus? If so, you may recognize a lot of the devices below. Our friends at Android Central put together a retrospective of all the phones the company has unveiled over the last six years.

07:00 - Want to know how much the OnePlus 8 series will cost? UK retailer John Lewis has provided those details with listings for each phone that seem to have gone up ahead of schedule on the store's website.

At the time of writing, the listings are still available to see at the link above, but we'd expect those to be pulled before the launch. How much will the phones cost? We've listed those John Lewis UK prices below, with approximate converted prices for the US and Australia.

8GB RAM and 128GB storage12GB RAM and 256GB storage
OnePlus 8£599 (about $750 / AU$1200)£699 (about $900 / AU$1,400)
OnePlus 8 Pro£799 (about $1,000 / AU$1,600)£899 (about $1,100, AU$1,800)

06:00 - OnePlus has adopted an odd strategy for its latest phone launch, teasing a variety of features ahead of the launch. So what do we know for certain about the new phones?

The company has confirmed that at least one of the devices will have a 120Hz display, and it's also said it'll be including wireless charging for the first time – we're expecting both those features to be included on the OnePlus 8 Pro.

We also got a glimpse of the OnePlus 8 design in an update from the company's CEO. We're assuming there will be a few surprises at the launch to keep us interested, but we've still got a few hours to find out what those will be.

04:40 - We're going to be hearing all about the OnePlus 8 in a matter of hours, and here you'll be able to follow along in the build-up to the event, and then read our first impressions and analysis during the launch event itself.

Below we've listed the phones and peripherals that we're expecting to hear about, based on the latest leaks and rumors, as well as some official announcements from OnePlus.

  • OnePlus 8 - This is the standard edition of the phone, which isn't expected to be the top-end device, but will feature a 6.44-inch display and a 48MP rear camera.
  • OnePlus 8 Pro - The top-end handset from OnePlus for 2020, which we expect will sport a 6.7-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate as well as two 48MP rear cameras.
  • OnePlus 8 Lite - Little is known about this phone, but it's rumored that OnePlus will be introducing a third handset in its line that's likely to be cheaper than the others.
  • OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z - The company is expected to introduce new headphones that last for 20 hours on a single charge.
  • OnePlus wireless charger - OnePlus has teased a wireless charging pad for its upcoming phones, so that will likely be arriving alongside them.
  • Something else - We may get a surprise announcement from OnePlus – and if that's the case you'll hear about it here first.
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