Early Prime Day laptop 2020 deals: Save on these Asus, Dell and Samsung models now – CNET

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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET's guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

In the market for a new laptop? Amazon Prime Day 2020 arrives this Tuesday, but you don't need to wait until then to get a good deal. Amazon is running a laptop deal right now that is Prime Day-level good, and Newegg has a laptop discount of its own worthy of your attention. The best deal is at Best Buy, however, where you can save $400 on Dell's flagship 2-in-1 laptop. So if you don't want to wait for the Amazon Prime Day sale and are looking for a great laptop deal now, or if don't have an Amazon Prime membership, take a gander at these big discounts, starting with the least expensive laptop and working our way up in price.

This story was published earlier and will be updated frequently throughout Prime Day week.

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This 14-inch ZenBook is less than 0.65 inches thick and weighs only 3.2 pounds. It features the 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10510U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. The laptop has a unique hinge that lifts the back edge of the laptop to provide some tilt to the keyboard to create a comfortable typing position. It also includes a sleeve for travel, for the day when you're allowed to leave your house again, and an optical mouse.

Dell

Dell's top-end Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 convertible boasts an all-aluminum chassis that's thinner, lighter and sturdier than the midrange Inspiron 5000 series that features metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This model features a 4K display powered by a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM. For storage, you get a 512GB SSD with 32GB of fast Optane memory. 

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This 13.3-inch, 2-in-1 laptop has a bright blue aluminum chassis and Samsung's QLED display with a full HD 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution for a crisp image with accurate color. Inside, it supplies a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It also includes a Bluetooth S pen for drawing and writing on the touchscreen.

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The offers below are no longer available at the originally discounted price, but we're including them here for comparison shopping.

Asus

The Vivobook 15 packs a 15.6-inch display in a chassis that's more typical of a 14-inch laptop. It boasts razor-thin bezels on all four sides of the display, weighs only 3.5 pounds and is less than 0.8 inches thick. Inside, it features the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU and AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics along with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. Many budget models use a 1,366x768-pixel panel, but not so with the VivoBook 15, which offers a full HD 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution.

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Prime Day vs. Black Friday: Here’s what you need to know – CNET

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Prime Day is coming on Oct. 13-14.

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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET's guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Consumers are wondering whether to buy their holiday gear during Amazon's Prime Day tomorrow or wait until Black Friday, with the big shift in Prime Day's placement throwing our year-end shopping routines out of whack. The answer is simple: Shop as early as possible. 

Prime Day, which is usually held in July, has become a major part of the retail calendar, with dozens of major stores joining in the sale to snag customers. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon delayed the event to Oct. 13-14 this year, making Prime Day more of an unofficial start to the holiday shopping season than its typical role as a kind of Christmas in July.

That's going to put more pressure on retailers who traditionally save their premiere holiday sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Customers are expected to look for deals earlier this season and merchants will respond in kind. Walmart and Target, for instance, already announced sales to coincide with this year's Prime Day.

"The biggest impact right now is how much pull Black Friday will have, in keeping consumers spending within the late November time frame," said Vivek Pandya, an analyst for Adobe Digital Insights.


Retailers for years have been trying to get a jump on holiday shopping by starting their sales early, often right around Halloween, a trend that's typically called "Christmas creep." The results have been mixed at best, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday remaining the juggernauts of the holiday season. But customers have a lot of reasons to shop earlier this year, especially with Prime Day arriving in mid-October. That could scramble the pacing of the entire holiday season and, at least for this year, shift tons of sales earlier than usual.

Added to Prime Day's arrival in October, there are a few big reasons why shoppers are motivated to buy early this year. Supply chains remain disrupted, which is slowing down new shipments of the most sought-after products. Online sales are through the roof, adding strain on delivery networks.

Shoppers are well aware of these issues and want to make sure that they can get the items they want and make sure, too, that those things arrive in time for the holidays. That dynamic is expected to cause supply shortages in high-demand items like electronics and work-from-home gear sooner in the shopping season than usual.

"If you see them, you should pick those up," Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert for deals site RetailMeNot, said about hard-to-find items like free weights. "Come November you might not find something like that."

Retailers are anticipating this surge in early buying, so some of the deepest discounts this season are expected to come around Prime Day, in some cases better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Skirboll said, "because [retailers] know they need to compete and they know that shoppers are going to be looking for deals." 

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are sure to be massive selling days that include plenty of deals, too. But Skirboll recommends that if you see a good deal on an item you want to buy for the holidays, just grab it and don't wait to see if it'll drop in price.

Adobe's Pandya agreed that retailers looking to go big on Black Friday and Cyber Monday will face more challenges than usual this year, with customers likely exhausting some of their holiday budgets before November and shipping bottlenecks likely causing delays.

Black Friday still has huge value since customers associate the term with discounts, so Pandya said people should expect to see lots of Black Friday deals. But even those might start showing up well before the actual Black Friday comes around.

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Prime Day vs. Black Friday: What time should you buy? – CNET

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Prime Day is coming on Oct. 13-14.

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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET's guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

If you're wondering whether to buy your holiday gear during Amazon's Prime Day next week or wait until Black Friday, I have a simple answer for you: Buy early.

Prime Day, which is usually held in July, has become a major part of the retail calendar, with dozens of major stores joining in the sale to snag customers. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon delayed the event to Oct. 13-14 this year, making Prime Day more of an unofficial start to the holiday shopping season than its typical role as a kind of Christmas in July.

That's going to put more pressure on retailers who traditionally save their premiere holiday sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Customers are expected to look for deals earlier this season and merchants will respond in kind. Walmart and Target, for instance, already announced sales to coincide with this year's Prime Day.

"The biggest impact right now is how much pull Black Friday will have, in keeping consumers spending within the late November time frame," said Vivek Pandya, an analyst for Adobe Digital Insights.

Retailers for years have been trying to get a jump on holiday shopping by starting their sales early, often right around Halloween, a trend that's typically called "Christmas creep." The results have been mixed at best, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday remaining the juggernauts of the holiday season. But customers have a lot of reasons to shop earlier this year, especially with Prime Day arriving in mid-October. That could scramble the pacing of the entire holiday season and, at least for this year, shift tons of sales earlier than usual.

Added to Prime Day's arrival in October, there are a few big reasons why shoppers are motivated to buy early this year. Supply chains remain disrupted, which is slowing down new shipments of the most sought-after products. Online sales are through the roof, adding strain on delivery networks.

Shoppers are well aware of these issues and want to make sure that they can get the items they want and make sure, too, that those things arrive in time for the holidays. That dynamic is expected to cause supply shortages in high-demand items like electronics and work-from-home gear sooner in the shopping season than usual.

"If you see them, you should pick those up," Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert for deals site RetailMeNot, said about hard-to-find items like free weights. "Come November you might not find something like that."

Retailers are anticipating this surge in early buying, so some of the deepest discounts this season are expected to come around Prime Day, in some cases better than Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Skirboll said, "because [retailers] know they need to compete and they know that shoppers are going to be looking for deals." 

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are sure to be massive selling days that include plenty of deals, too. But Skirboll recommends that if you see a good deal on an item you want to buy for the holidays, just grab it and don't wait to see if it'll drop in price.

Adobe's Pandya agreed that retailers looking to go big on Black Friday and Cyber Monday will face more challenges than usual this year, with customers likely exhausting some of their holiday budgets before November and shipping bottlenecks likely causing delays.

Black Friday still has huge value since customers associate the term with discounts, so Pandya said people should expect to see lots of Black Friday deals. But even those might start showing up well before the actual Black Friday comes around.

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The Best Weighted Blankets (2020): Different Sizes, Weights, and More

Touch, like getting a hug, releases oxytocin in your brain. This hormone contributes to our overall well-being and ability to handle stress. It’s one of the reasons why we swaddle newborns. But we don’t always have someone to squeeze us, especially nowadays, and that’s where weighted blankets come in.

Weighted blankets use deep pressure to simulate the feeling of being gently held. Pressure has been touted as a way to help with insomnia and anxiety—the Hug Box, for example, invented by Temple Grandin, uses pressure to calm those on the autism spectrum. There isn’t a lot of science-backed research on this, so you should discuss using one with your doctor. A weighted blanket isn’t a cure for anything, but it could make you feel better. My colleague Jess Grey and I both suffer from anxiety disorders, and these blankets have been rewarding, helping us manage our anxiety. We’ve tested several—here are the best.

Be sure to check out our other guides, including our roundup of products to help people go to sleep, and the Best Sunrise Alarm Clocks.

Updated October 2020: We’ve added the Gravity Weighted Robe.

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The Law Comes for John McAfee

In a week that Covid-19 continued its invasion of the White House, the biggest security questions continue to center on Donald Trump himself. With just a few weeks remaining until the election, the president continues to question the integrity of the process, which in turn threatens to undermine faith in the democratic process. But don’t worry, we also have stories about hacking and such!

Apple’s T2 chip exists to add an extra layer of security to the company’s Mac line. Which is why it’s especially unfortunate that it has an unfixable flaw that leaves it vulnerable to hackers. There are serious limitations on what attackers could actually do and how they could do it, but still, not ideal! Also not ideal: A Chinese-speaking hacker group has been caught repurposing an especially sneaky tool that was first disclosed years ago as part of a leak of the Italy-based Hacking Team spyware company. That’s a lot of information to process for one sentence, but suffice it to say you don’t want UEFI exploits landing in criminal hands, which appears to have happened here.

In better news, we took a look at how Google keeps its “Smart Replies” feature safe now that it’s been added to Android’s ubiquitous Gboard keyboard. And while Android ransomware has picked up some alarming new tricks, it’s still not a major threat—unless you’re downloading outside of the official Play Store for some reason. (Don’t do that.)

The central figure in an alleged poker cheating scandal that WIRED wrote about in the October issue has filed a defamation lawsuit against a dozen named defendants. Poker pro Mike Postle is seeking $330 million in damages.

And there’s more! Every Saturday we round up the security and privacy stories that we didn’t break or report on in depth but think you should know about. Click on the headlines to read them, and stay safe out there.

John McAfee is no stranger to exotic forms of trouble. This week, the authorities finally caught up with the antivirus pioneer, arresting him in Spain in connection with tax-evasion charges. His extradition remains pending. The Securities and Exchange Commission has also sued McAfee, alleging that he promoted initial coin offerings on Twitter without disclosing that he’d been paid $23 million to do so. And yes, the SEC complaint does reference McAfee’s infamous 2017 pledge that he would “eat [his] own dick on national television” if the price of bitcoin didn’t hit $500,000 in three years. (He later revised the target to a million dollars.)

Not everything needs to connect to the internet, particularly not chastity-promoting devices like the Qiui Cellmate. Researchers this week came public with a bug that could have allowed a hacker to permanently lock the devices from anywhere in the world. The company eventually released a new API that solved the problem for new users, but taking the old API offline would lock any current users in the device forever, barring some delicate bolt-cutter work. Which means longtime Cellmate owners are still in a bit of a pickle.

For all the focus that Russia’s hacking and disinformation efforts get in the US, it’s important to remember that other countries have stepped up their game as well. Iran stands out among them, particularly after a recent takedown of disinformation-spreading domains included four sites that officials say targeted the US. The sites posed as domestic news outlets and focused on sharing pro-Iran stories. The rest of the sites followed a similar rubric, focusing instead on Western Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Many, many security researchers warned that the so-called ZeroLogon vulnerability was very extremely not good, and that you should patch as soon as possible so that hackers don’t wreak havoc on your systems. If you didn’t heed that warning, well, good luck out there! Microsoft has already spotted an Iranian hacker group exploiting ZeroLogon in active campaigns.

Sam’s Club, the Walmart-owned spin on Costco, has begun requiring its customers to reset their passwords, after the company detected a credential-stuffing attack in September. This doesn’t mean that Sam’s Club itself was breached, but rather that attackers were looking for opportunities to take advantage of anyone reusing a password that had been exposed at some point from some other company’s breach. If you’re a Sam’s Club member, reset that password. If you’re a human on the internet, start using a password manager asap.


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iPhone 12 specs: Everything the rumors say about battery, camera and more – CNET

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We don't know the iPhone 12 specs yet, but some features will be similar to the iPhone 11. 

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple will livestream a virtual event on Oct. 13 starting at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST), and all eyes are on the possibility of a new slate of iPhones -- rumored to be called the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini. The company has historically released new phones in September, but amid the COVID-19 outbreak, suppliers in China were forced to shut down or dial back operations. The tech giant confirmed there would be a delay on its flagship phones over the summer. 

What do we know about the new phones? Will there be enough new features to warrant upgrading from the iPhone 11? (Read how the iPhone 11 might compare to the iPhone 12 here.) 

Read more: Watch iPhone 12 launch: Here's how to livestream the virtual Apple event

The iPhone 12's rumored specs are starting to take shape after the latest from leaker Kang on Weibo. Here's what we know so far. 

Models and size

According to Kang's leak, we could be getting four new iPhone 12 models that potentially ship at different times. All the models are predicted to have Super Retina XDR displays, more drop-resistant glass, and 5G compatible. 

  • 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini
  • 6.1-inch iPhone 12 
  • 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro
  • 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max

Additionally, the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 could come in black, white, red, blue and green. The Pro and Pro Max models are expected to be available in gold, silver, graphite and blue.  

Cost and preorder date

The iPhone 11's base model stunned at $699 in the US, slimming down $50 from the 2018 iPhone XR. Could the iPhone 12 follow the trend and cost less than the iPhone 11?

The latest leaks suggest the iPhone 12 Mini will start at $699 and the iPhone 12 base model at $799. The higher end iPhone 12 Pro could cost $999, and the Pro Max could cost $1,099. 

Again, Kang is predicting that the phones could ship at different times. The Mini may be available for preorder on Nov. 6 or 7, with a release date of Nov. 12 or 13. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro could start preorders on Oct. 16 or 17 and release Oct. 23 or 24. And the iPhone 12 Pro Max preorder date is rumored to be Nov. 13 or 14, released Nov. 20 or 21.

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Storage

As usual, the new iPhone models will have several storage options to choose from. According to Kang's leak, the Mini and the iPhone 12 will have the choice between 64, 128 or 256 gigabytes. The Pro and the Pro Max offer a bit more, starting at 128GB and topping off at 512GB. 

Battery

It's possible that the new line of iPhones could lose the charging port and opt for a MagSafe wireless charger instead.

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Camera 

Apple usually comes out swinging every year with its device's cameras. These new phones shouldn't be any different. For starters, Kang said there could be improvements to Deep Fusion and night mode photography.

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 both have dual rear cameras. Both phones potentially have wide and ultrawide angles.

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max kick it up a notch. These two phones are rumored to include triple rear cameras, telephoto lenses, lidar sensors for depth tracking, and 4x and 5x optical zoom, respectively.

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What are the iPhone 12 specs? Here’s what we might know – CNET

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We don't know the iPhone 12 specs yet, but some features will be similar to the iPhone 11. 

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple will livestream a virtual event on Oct. 13 starting at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST), and all eyes are on the possibility of a new slate of iPhones -- rumored to be called the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max and 12 Mini. The company has historically released new phones in September, but amid the COVID-19 outbreak, suppliers in China were forced to shut down or dial back operations. The tech giant confirmed there would be a delay on its flagship phones over the summer. 

What do we know about the new phones? Will there be enough new features to warrant upgrading from the iPhone 11? (Read how the iPhone 11 might compare to the iPhone 12 here.) 

Read more: Watch iPhone 12 launch: Here's how to livestream the virtual Apple event

The iPhone 12's rumored specs are starting to take shape after the latest from leaker Kang on Weibo. Here's what we know so far. 

Models and size

According to Kang's leak, we could be getting four new iPhone 12 models that potentially ship at different times. All the models are predicted to have Super Retina XDR displays, more drop-resistant glass, and 5G compatible. 

  • 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini
  • 6.1-inch iPhone 12 
  • 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro
  • 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max

Additionally, the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 could come in black, white, red, blue and green. The Pro and Pro Max models are expected to be available in gold, silver, graphite and blue.  

Cost and preorder date

The iPhone 11's base model stunned at $699 in the US, slimming down $50 from the 2018 iPhone XR. Could the iPhone 12 follow the trend and cost less than the iPhone 11?

The latest leaks suggest the iPhone 12 Mini will start at $699 and the iPhone 12 base model at $799. The higher end iPhone 12 Pro could cost $999, and the Pro Max could cost $1,099. 

Again, Kang is predicting that the phones could ship at different times. The Mini may be available for preorder on Nov. 6 or 7, with a release date of Nov. 12 or 13. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro could start preorders on Oct. 16 or 17 and release Oct. 23 or 24. And the iPhone 12 Pro Max preorder date is rumored to be Nov. 13 or 14, released Nov. 20 or 21.

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Storage

As usual, the new iPhone models will have several storage options to choose from. According to Kang's leak, the Mini and the iPhone 12 will have the choice between 64, 128 or 256 gigabytes. The Pro and the Pro Max offer a bit more, starting at 128GB and topping off at 512GB. 

Battery

It's possible that the new line of iPhones could lose the charging port and opt for a MagSafe wireless charger instead.

Read moreWill iPhone 12 have USB-C? We're guessing no but really hope we're wrong

Camera 

Apple usually comes out swinging every year with its device's cameras. These new phones shouldn't be any different. For starters, Kang said there could be improvements to Deep Fusion and night mode photography.

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 both have dual rear cameras. Both phones potentially have wide and ultrawide angles.

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max kick it up a notch. These two phones are rumored to include triple rear cameras, telephoto lenses, lidar sensors for depth tracking, and 4x and 5x optical zoom, respectively.

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9 great reads from CNET this week – CNET

Apple finally set a date this week for the debut of its latest iPhone -- and it happens to overlap with Amazon's Prime Day event this coming Tuesday. (Prime Day is actually Oct. 13 and 14).

Meanwhile, we're less than a month from the US presidential election, and social media is on the defensive. Facebook, for example, is removing posts that aim to intimidate voters at the polls, and Twitter is adding more warnings and restrictions on misleading tweets from US political figures and other popular accounts. 

Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss:

New studies reveal the history of a potentially hazardous space rock as NASA prepares to briefly touch down on its surface.

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The upcoming crop of phones will be the first from Apple to offer the superspeedy wireless connectivity.

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Four years ago, Russia's hack-and-leak operation paved the way for QAnon's rise. Social networks say they're better prepared this time around.

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Amazon's sales day arrives much later this year, making it a bigger influence on holiday shopping.

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The pro-Trump hoax is gathering steam as the election nears.

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Hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires can knock out phone service right when we need it most.

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An alleged plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan puts the spotlight on secure messaging apps.

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Apple finally set a date this week for the debut of its latest iPhone -- and it happens to overlap with Amazon's Prime Day event this coming Tuesday. (Prime Day is actually Oct. 13 and 14).

Meanwhile, we're less than a month from the US presidential election, and social media is on the defensive. Facebook, for example, is removing posts that aim to intimidate voters at the polls, and Twitter is adding more warnings and restrictions on misleading tweets from US political figures and other popular accounts. 

Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss:

New studies reveal the history of a potentially hazardous space rock as NASA prepares to briefly touch down on its surface.

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NASA

The upcoming crop of phones will be the first from Apple to offer the superspeedy wireless connectivity.

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Four years ago, Russia's hack-and-leak operation paved the way for QAnon's rise. Social networks say they're better prepared this time around.

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Amazon's sales day arrives much later this year, making it a bigger influence on holiday shopping.

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The pro-Trump hoax is gathering steam as the election nears.

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Hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires can knock out phone service right when we need it most.

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AT&T

An alleged plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan puts the spotlight on secure messaging apps.

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Commentary: My dad's vintage twin-lens reflex camera was a stolid and imposing box, but it also held mysteries.

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Bly Manor's set designer Patricio Farrell talks about making a haunted house from scratch.

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iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 11: Every major spec Apple changed in 2020 – CNET

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The iPhone 12 will come in five colors.

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Last week, Apple unveiled four iPhone 12 models: the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are available for preorder now, while the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available starting Nov. 13 (here's how to preorder all four iPhone 12 models). If you're thinking about upgrading from last year's iPhone 11 to the iPhone 12, you may be wondering: What exactly is the difference? 

We've gathered all of the iPhone 12 specs and prices to help you see how the new phone stacks up against the iPhone 11. You can also determine if you should buy a new iPhone now or wait, and the best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone.

Read more: Our first impressions of the iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max 

Here's everything you need to know about how the iPhone 12 compares with the iPhone 11.

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Different size screens

Apple announced four iPhone 12 models: the iPhone 12 Mini (5.4-inch), the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro (6.1-inch), and the iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch). By comparison, there are only three iPhone 11 devices: the iPhone 11 (6.1-inch), the iPhone 11 Pro (5.8-inch) and the iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5-inch). 

Same refresh rate

Though there was speculation that the iPhone 12 Pro's display may have a 120Hz refresh rate and a ProMotion display (like the iPad Pro), this ended up being just a rumor. Both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 12 refresh at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz. Most phones are the same. But some, like the Galaxy S20 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, refresh at 120Hz. The higher the refresh rate, the faster and smoother a phone feels when you're scrolling through apps and websites. 

Better cameras 

As is typically the case with new iPhones, the iPhone 12 has upgraded camera capabilities over the iPhone 11 -- especially the iPhone 12 Pro models. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini largely stick with the iPhone 11's camera design, with regular, ultrawide and selfie cameras. But they also offer Night Mode photos that now work on the ultrawide and selfie cameras, too, and an improved HDR mode for challenging scenes with bright and dark elements. 

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Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max get major photography improvements, including a larger image sensor and a fourth telephoto camera for more distant subjects, too. The iPhone 12 Pro has the same 2x zoom telephoto reach as earlier iPhones -- a 52mm equivalent focal length -- but the Pro Max's extends to 2.5x zoom, or a 65mm equivalent lens.

Despite this, the iPhone 11 camera is nothing to sneeze at: It has a Night Mode and an ultrawide-angle camera that can add extra detail in photos, along with a great video camera. 

The addition of 5G

All iPhone 12 models offer next-generation 5G cellular connectivity, as virtually all new Android phones arriving in the US already have. This means the phones can tap into the high-speed wireless network on the go -- which might seem slightly less exciting during the pandemic, as we're spending more time at home, but will still future-proof your device for the rise of 5G. 

The iPhone 11 does not offer 5G connectivity, though many people seem to believe it does

Price

The 2019 iPhone 11's base model cost $699, which was $50 less than the 2018 iPhone XR. Now, with the addition of the iPhone 12, the iPhone 11's price has dropped to $599. 

The iPhone 12 Mini costs $699, the iPhone 12 is $799, the iPhone 12 Pro is $999, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is $1,099.

For more about the iPhone 12 and everything else Apple announced, check out our roundup. You can also check out our review of the iPhone 11 and all of its features.

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