Foldable phones, 5G mobile and new game consoles: the technology we can expect to see in 2020

Foldable phones, 5G mobile and new game consoles: the technology we can expect to see in 2020

A range of new gadgets and techno-wizardry is about to be released in the new year, with more foldable smartphones and a new generation of games consoles likely to be among the biggest new products of 2020.

Here is a look at what to expect over the coming 12 months in the world of technology.


While some manufacturers have been quick to introduce 5G smartphones even as the network coverage only begins to appear, Apple is yet to bring the connectivity to the iPhone.

Many believe this will change in 2020, with a 5G iPhone introduced alongside a number of other iPhone handsets.

But by the time a 5G iPhone arrives – likely to be in September – 5G coverage should be far wider than it is currently.


2020 looks likely to be one of the biggest and most important years in the video games industry for some time.

Not only is cloud streaming taking off, allowing console-standard gaming on mobile devices, but both Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation will launch their next-generation consoles in time for next Christmas.

The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have both been confirmed, complete with high-end specs which both say will make them the most powerful consoles either firm has ever made.


As 2019 draws to a close, only Samsung of the major smartphone makers has a foldable device on sale. Expect that to drastically change in 2020.

Samsung itself has already hinted at new types of foldable phones which could be on the way, while Motorola’s revamped, foldable Razr will also become available.

Huawei’s Mate X has gone on sale in China, with it or another Huawei foldable model emerging in 2020 in Europe and others potentially revealing similar models during the CES trade show in Las Vegas, early in the new year.


Not quite fully-fledged foldables, but Microsoft’s Surface Duo and Surface Neo will make their debut in 2020, attempting to be a new type of mobile device.

Both gadgets have two screens bound together by a hinge and can fold into a number of positions. Both are due to go on sale at the end of 2020.

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