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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.

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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Vivo to bring their Sub-brand iQOO to India by June!

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Vivo launched its sub-brand iQOO earlier this month in China. Now according to a report by 91mobiles, the Vivo sub-brand is coming to India as early as in May.

This piece of information comes from an anonymous Vivo executive who claims that iQOO will be entering the Indian market in late May or Early June. The brand will debut with the iQOO smartphone and will launch another handset later this year in India.

Both the upcoming smartphones from iQOO will launch as gaming smartphones in India and will compete against the likes of OnePlus handsets. The company plans to price these smartphones between Rs 30,000 and 60,000. The Vivo executive further reveals that a total of four variants of the two iQOO phones will be launched in India.

As for the Vivo iQOO smartphone that was launched in China, it features a 6.41 inch AMOLED display with a dew-drop notch resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 91.7 percent. It houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and includes a ‘super liquid cooling’ to reduce heat while running heavy graphics-intensive games for long duration. It offers 6GB/8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB internal storage.

There is a triple camera setup at the rear consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with proprietary dual pixel technology, a 2MP depth sensor and a 13MP wide-angle lens (Sony IMX263) while offering a 12MP selfie camera. It comes with a Multi-Turbo service that includes AI Turbo, Center Turbo, Net Turbo, Cooling Turbo and Game Turbo to boost the performance. The high-end model is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 44W fast-charging and can fully charge in 45 minutes and 50% in just 15 minutes. The lower variant with a 6GB/128GB configuration lacks the 44W fast-charging and instead comes with a 22.5 W charging support. All the variants run on FunTouch OS based on Android 9 Pie.

As of now, Vivo has not announced or teased the launch of its iQOO sub-brand in India. We expect the teasers to arrive sometime in next month.

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Xiaomi’s Black Shark Sets up HQ in India, New Launch Expected!

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Xiaomi‘s very own sub-brand dedicated for gaming, Blackshark is all set to expand its business to India. Blackshark is known for its gaming-centric smartphones which offer flagship specifications along with efficient cooling mechanisms in order to avoid thermal throttling and hence maintain the performance of the device.

Smartphone gaming is booming in India where games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 is being actively played by the millennials in the country. Xiaomi’s move of bringing Black Shark to India is indeed a clever move and we expect it to be received well in the market.

The brand’s VP David Li has announced that he will be managing the overall operations of the sub-brand in India. Now that the brand has officially established its presence in India, it’s ensured that the next Blackshark device would make its way to India.

A new Black Shark device code-named Black Shark Skywalker was spotted on Geekbench a few months back. The device comes with ‘msmnile” chipset which is the codename of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Along with the 7nm Soc, it will be coupled with 8GB RAM. The device managed to score 3,494 and 11,149 on single core and multi-core tests respectively.

This leaked device might actually be the upcoming gaming Black Shark device. The previous generation Black Shark device, Black Shark Helo comes with 6-inch AMOLED display with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution. It packs Snapdragon 845 processor, 6/8/10 GB RAM variants, 128/256 GB internal storage, dual 16 MP + 20 MP rear cameras, 20 MP front camera, and 4000mAh battery.

A bump in the overall specifications is expected from the Black Shark Helo. The chipset supports 5G connectivity but the decision to include the 5G supported X50 modem depends on the brand. Xiaomi will be sending out invites for the launch event for this new Black Shark device in the upcoming days. Till then, stay tuned for updates.

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Oppo Unveils 10X Lossless Zoom Smartphone Camera Tech at MWC 2019!

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Oppo has delivered on the promise they made about their MWC event! They have finally unveiled their 10X Lossless zoom camera tech for their smartphones.

Although the unveil hasn’t come with a smartphone launch, they stated that they will be brining it to consumer market in Q2 2019 in their upcoming flagship launch.

The 10x Lossless zoom tech works using a triple camera setup.

The first camera is an ultra wide one, which they mention as extra refined lenses which can take awesome ultra wide images. It has a focal length of 16mm.

The second one is a normal camera, is a 48MP Sony IMX586 (the same one we saw in Honor View 20 & Mi 9), which acts as a primary camera.

The third one is where the magic happens, it has two D cut lenses, assembled like a periscope (as they mention it). It also has a bigger sensor and is assisted with OIS (the main sensor also has OIS). The focal length of this one is rated at 150mm.

The third lens does add to the thickness of the overall setup, with the thickness rated at 6.76mm.

Oppo mentioned that the 10x lossless zoom tech is mass-production ready, and they will unveil their next flagship equipped with this tech in Q2 2019!

They also had a presentation about 5G, in collaboration with Qualcomm, although no handsets were mentioned in the event.

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