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Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR Indian Pricing Confirmed

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All the leaks and rumours came to an end after Apple officially launched the new 2018 iPhone lineup yesterday, at an event held in Cupertino, California. As expected, the event witnessed three iPhone models, namely the iPhone XS as a direct successor to the iPhone X, the larger iPhone XS Max, and the cheapest of all – the LCD iPhone XR.

Now, the Indian pricing of all the three new iPhones has been officially confirmed by the Apple Authorised Resellers. The iPhone XS starts at Rs. 99,900 for the 64GB model in India, followed by the 256GB iPhone XS priced at Rs. 1,14,900, whereas, the 512GB variant of the devices goes as high as Rs. 1,34,900 in India.

Coming to the iPhone XS Max, this starts Rs. 1,09,900 for the base variant with 64GB storage. The 256GB model is priced at Rs. 1,24,900 while the 512GB model of iPhone XS Max will be sold at a whopping price tag of Rs. 1,44,900.

Customers will be able to buy both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in space grey, silver, and gold colour options, starting from September 28, via Authorised Apple Resellers.

 

On the other hand, the cheaper iPhone XR with LCD display priced at Rs. 76,900, Rs. 81,900 and Rs. 91,900 for the 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models respectively will go on pre-orders starting from October 19 in the country and will be available in white, black, blue, yellow, coral and Product RED colour options.

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Additionally, all the three iPhones come with dual-SIM functionality where the customer can use a primary nano-SIM card along with a secondary eSim (a digital alternative for physical sim cards which was first seen in the Google Pixel 2) which will be supported by Airtel and Reliance Jio, in the country.

The iPhone XS comes with a 5.8‑inch Super Retina OLED display while the iPhone XS Max sports a 6.5‑inch Super Retina OLED display. Both of them have the same dual 12MP (wide-angle ƒ/1.8+ telephoto ƒ/2.4) camera setup at the back and a 7MP f/2.2 selfie shooter at the front.

Apart from a larger battery with 60 mins of extra endurance, the iPhone XS Max sports the same Apple A12 Bionic chip, 4GB of RAM, 3D touch, IP68 rating and Water Resistance present on the XS.

The cheaper iPhone XR comes with the same chipset, front camera and the same wide-angle 12MP lens (single, sans the telephoto one) from its elder siblings but uses a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display which lacks 3D touch and has the IP67 rating.

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Is Nokia is working on a Gaming Phone?

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Gaming smartphones are the becoming more popular with more and more manufacturers developing their own gaming smartphone. The latest company to join this list is HMD Global who is teasing a Nokia gaming smartphone for the first time.

Nokia Mobile India had tweeted out a video which seems to be teasing a gaming phone. But it was quickly deleted after sometime. You can see the teaser in the featured image.

The teaser comes in the form of a video which reads “Stay tuned for a phone you can #GameOn”. It was posted on the official Indian Twitter handle of the company hinting towards a Nokia branded gaming smartphone from the company.

Leaving aside the excitement, we will like to remind you that the company has a habit of over-hyping and over-exaggerating its routine mid-range smartphones.

The company advertised the Nokia 6.1 Plus smartphone as the “most awaited phone”. Moreover the tag #GameOn might be just to hype the regional launch of the Nokia 5.1 Plus and nothing to do with Nokia Gaming smartphone.

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However if it is the case, the company is once again over-hyping since the smartphone comes with a 5.8 inch display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC coupled with P60 chipset. Also it also possible that it is the alleged Nokia 8.1 Plus or Nokia 7.1 Plus which have been on the rumours lately.

However seeing the popularity of gaming smartphones, the company is likely developing a gaming smartphone on its own. Razer recently sent invites for the Razer 2 smartphone to be launched on October 10. Chinese manufacturer Huawei will also be releasing a gaming smartphone this year. The Nokia Gaming smartphone will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi Black SharkASUS ROG phone and Nubia Red Magic.

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Samsung to merge Galaxy J series into A series, rebrand On series to M series

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Samsung is reportedly planning to reorganise its entire line-up of entry level to upper mid-range line-up according to a new report. Previously we heard that the South Korean manufacturer will be merging the Galaxy S series and the Note series.

The new reports which come from industry sources claims that the lower midrange Galaxy J series will be discontinued and merged into the more premium Galaxy A series. This move of scrapping the Galaxy J series and moving into the Galaxy A series line-up can be cited to the heavy competition from the Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Honor, Vivo, OPPO, etc that dominates the entry level and mid-range segments.

Additionally, the company will be changing its online only Galaxy On brand to a new Galaxy M series. However it is expected as the Galaxy On smartphones are just rebranded Galaxy J devices. So it is still unknown what Samsung has to offer in its Galaxy M series.

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This could also be possible that Samsung bring the entry level and lower-midrangers under the Galaxy M brand while the upper midrangers will be merged into the Galaxy A line-up. There will be less naming disparencies and hence less confusion. The company is also rumoured to be working on Galaxy J4 Prime and Galaxy J6 Prime which is now likely to be launched under a different brand.

Considering all above information as genuine, Samsung will left only with Galaxy S series, Galaxy A series and Galaxy M series which looks more systematic and organised.

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MediaTek working on a Cheaper FaceID Alternative for it’s Chipsets!

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Chipset manufacturer MediaTek has joined hands with Hima, a popular display drivers manufacturer and Megvi, Developer of Face++ to make a cheaper 3D facial recognition scanner. In a bid to make 3D Face Recognition technology widely available, the company is collaboratively working on an Industry’s First Active Stereo Camera Sensing Reference Design. Many manufacturers are already asking for reference design to implement this tech into their smartphones.

These companies have shared their latest world class technology with each other to make this affordable 3D Face Recognition a reality. It will not only help in unlocking the smartphone but also can be used for payment features even in pitch black light conditions. Further, Artificial Intelligence can be implemented in this technology using ASC 3D face recognition helping in enhancing photos and boosting security measures.

The new technology is built using Megvii’s Face++ AI based computer vision algorithm with Himax’s cutting edge projector, sensor and laser driver. MediaTek has shared its stereo matching depth engine. It includes some high end technologies like Himax’s DOE, WLO Technology, high efficient laser driver IC etc. Elaborating more on the new ASC 3D (Active Stereo Camera), Jordan Wu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Himax Technologies said,

We are pleased to partner with MediaTek and Megvi. This strong alliance ensures that 3D sensing is affordable for Android mass market and can be easily adopted by smartphone makers to create exciting user experience. I believe ASC will facilitate a broader adoption of 3D sensing on Android smartphone during 2019

The new MediaTek’s ASC Face Recognition is expected to debut next year and bring 3D Face recognition to mid-range segment. Some of its features are:

  • Like the iPhone X’s 3D Face recognition feature, it also projects 7000-1000 invisible dot on the face to make a face layout which helps in precision.
  • ASC (3D) uses 940nm band that will increase its overall efficiency in both outdoor and indoor environments.
  • It comes with broken glass detection which means it will shut down if broken glass is found on the projector.
  • ASC (3D) follows IEC 60825 Class 1 standard, which means it is purely safe for the eye.
  • It is cheaper than traditional lightning more and also power efficient.

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