So, after tons and tons of leaks and rumours, Apple has finally launched its new 2018 iPhone lineup along with the Apple watch series 4 at a launch event held in Cupertino, California. The next-gen iPhone series comprises of a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone XS, 6.5-inch OLED iPhone XS Max, and the most affordable 6.1-inch LCD iPhone XR. Let us have a detailed look at each one of these new iPhones.
The iPhone Xs is a direct upgrade to the last years iPhone X and comes in a durable glass build supported by a surgical grade steel frame with an upgraded IP68 water resistance, rated to bear 2m of depth for 10 minutes. The device features a 5.8-inch Super Retina HDR OLED display with a pixel density of 459ppi and 1-million-to-1 contrast ratio. Further, it supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision along with 120Hz touch sensing and 3D touch.
Under the hood, it is powered by Apple’s latest hexa-core A12 Bionic Chip based on 7nm FinFet process, coupled with a quad-core GPU and a dedicated neural engine for AI-related tasks, making it capable of performing 5 trillion operations per second. This new SoC also supports real-time player tracking based on Augmented Reality.
In the optics department, the iPhone XS gets a 12MP wide-angle camera coupled with a 12MP telephoto camera with an improved True Tone LED flash and dual OIS at the back, while the front embraces a newer 7MP selfie shooter. The cameras are now aided by the AI chip and are equipped with facial landmarking and faster and better smart HDR feature. Furthermore, you can record optically stabilized videos with stereo sound and the depth of field can be adjusted later in case of still photos.
The device runs on iOS 12 and is claimed to have 30minutes of more battery life than the iPhone X with the support for Wireless Charging. Moreover, it packs dual SIM support with dual standby, where the second sim card will be an e-sim instead of a physical one (the use of the latter is limited only to China).
iPhone XS Max
The iPhone XS Max on the other hand sports a larger 6.5-inch Super Retina HDR OLED display. The display specifications remain the same as the iPhone XS including HDR10, Dolby Vision, 120Hz touch sensing and 3D touch.
This too is powered by the same Apple A12 Bionic chip and has same camera setup on front and the rear.
The only thing different here apart from the display size is the battery capacity. This larger and the most expensive iPhone XS Max gets 90 minutes increment over the iPhone X which makes it the largest battery life in the history of iPhones.
Other than that, it is the same iPhone XS with a larger display and bumped up battery life.
As rumoured earlier, the multi-colored iPhone XR is the cheapest of all three and bears IP67 Water and Dust Proofing. It comes with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD display which Apple claims to be the “most advanced LCD ever in a smartphone”. It has relatively thicker bezels than the above two OLED models.
This LCD iPhone lacks the pressure-sensitive 3D touch (present since 5S) and instead relies on “haptic touch” i.e. it will click if you hold your finger on a button for a while.
The chipset remains the same i.e. Apple’s A12 Bionic. In the optics department, the iPhone XR gets a single 12MP wide-angle camera at the rear, no telephoto on this one. At the front, we have the same 7MP sensor found on the other two.
Apple claims the battery life to be an hour and a half longer than the iPhone 8 Plus, of course, they don’t mention the numbers.
It’s also worth noting that the Face ID is now upgraded enough to be called as Advanced Face ID on all the three models.
Pricing and Availability
The iPhone XS starts at $999 for the base variant with 64GB of storage while the iPhone XS Max starts at $1099 for the same configuration. Both iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max comes in 64, 256 & 512GB variants. Whereas, the cheaper iPhone XR costs $749 for the 64GB model, and it comes in 64, 128 & 256GB Variants. These new iPhones can be pre-ordered from 14th of September while the shipping is scheduled to start from 21.
Following the new launch, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 faced a price cut bringing the cost down to $449 and $599 respectively.
LG ThinQ V40 Silently Launched in India, Priced at Rs.49,990!
LG today launched its V40 ThinQ flagship smartphone in India. The smartphone was launched back in October last year in New York and comes with 5 cameras. The South Korean manufacturer unveiled the LG G7+ ThinQ in India last year with dual camera and now a smartphone with a ‘3 + 2” camera setup.
As for the specifications, the LG V40 features a 6.4 inch P-OLED FullVision display with a QHD+ resolution (3120 x 1440 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. It has a top notch and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass on top. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 paired with an Adreno 630. It is coupled with 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB internal storage that can be further expanded up to 2TB via a microSD card.
In the optics department, the device sports a horizontally stacked triple camera setup on rear of which two of them is a telephoto and a wide angle lens. It consists of a 12MP camera with f/1.5 aperture and 1.4µ pixel size, a 16MP wide angle lens with f/1.9 aperture and 1.0µ pixel size and third 12MP camera with f/2.4 aperture and 1.0µ pixel size, AI CAM, Portrait Mode and a LED flash. On the front the V40 offers a dual camera setup of 8MP + 5MP configuration.
The handset runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a non-removable 3,300 mAh battery with Qualcomms’s Quick Charge 3.0 and fast Qi wireless charging support . Additional features include Quad DAC, Boombox Stereo Speaker and an IP68 rated water and dust resistant body. There is a circular fingerprint sensor at the rear placed below the triple cameras.
The LG V40 comes at a price tag of Rs 49,990 and is available exclusively from Amazon India in New Moroccan Blue and New Platinum Gray colours. The price will stay the same for the duration of Amazon’s Great Indian Sale from January 20 to January 23. Prime subscribers will be able to order the device a day before on January 19. Launch offer includes 10% instant discount on HDFC Bank credit/debit cards, Rs 1,000 Amazon Pay Cashback for Prime members and one-time screen replacement that is valid for six months and an additional discount of Rs 5,000
LG V40 specifications
- 6.4 inch QHD+ P-OLED FullVision display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 128GB internal storage
- 12MP + 12MP + 16MP rear camera
- 8MP + 5MP front camera
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 3,300mAh battery
OPPO Showcases 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom & a Bigger UD Fingerprint Scanner
OPPO in an event today showcased a 10X camera setup implementing three sensors along with a bigger in-screen fingerprint scanner area. The event didn’t include any smartphone launch or demo of some sort but the Chinese manufacturer promised more in the MWC 2019 event next month.
The 10X hybrid optical zoom technology works by combining its 5X optical zoom with a wide- angle lens that combines to give a 10 times zoom. There is a third camera sensor in the middle for regular snaps but it doesn’t affect the zoom range. The company representatives’ reveals that the module covers the 35mm equivalent of 15.9-159mm focal length. To give you an idea, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera boasts 16mm to 80mm in 25mm terms.
The new OPPO camera module includes Dual OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for the main camera and telephoto lens. To build this camera setup, 100+ R&D patients were used and was drop tested 28,000 times. The first samples will be made available in the MWC event in Barcelona. The company promised that this tech will ship to manufacturers this year.
OPPO has also made developments in its display technology with the announcement of a bigger under-display fingerprint scanner similar to the one Lin Bin of Xiaomi introduced earlier today. The new sensor boasts an area 15 times larger than the current one in OPPO R17 and can detect two fingers at same time. Though there was a similar technology with the Vivo APEX concept last year it was not market ready.
A senior OPPO executive calls the technology the new “biometric experience” and is expected to hit the markets and smartphones by the end of this year meaning the company might showcase an early OPPO R19 at MWC 2019 to be held from February 25 to February 28.
Vivo Y91 Launched in India. Dew Drop Notch, Helio P22 & Dual Cameras!
Vivo today silently launched its Vivo Y91 smartphone in the Indian market. The Chinese manufacturer launched the budget smartphone in the Philippines last year in November and in Pakistan last month. It is also just a downgraded Vivo Y93, which launched earlier last year (just the difference in RAM!).
Coming to the specifications, the Vivo Y91 features a 6.22 inch Halo FullView display with a waterdrop notch, a resolution of HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels) and an 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by a octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset paired with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It is available in 2GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage variant that can be further expanded up to 256GB.
In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup in the rear of a 13MP + 2MP configuration while offering an 8MP on the front for selfies and video calling. The front camera supports Portrait mode and Face Unlock though there is a rear fingerprint sensor. The dual SIM handset runs on Fun Touch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 4,030 mAh battery supported by a smart power management feature. Connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GOS and GLONAS and a micro-USB 2.0 port.
The Vivo Y91 comes at a price tag of Rs 10,999 ($155 approx) for the single variant but it might be a introductory pricing and may sell at a Rs 11,990 ($169 approx) later on. It is currently available for purchase through the official Vivo online store in Ocean Blue and Starry Black color options. It comes bundled with a free pair of Bluetooth earphones.
Jio is offering benifits worth Rs. 4,000 along with 3TB data while Airtel subscribers on the other hand will get instant cashback of Rs 2,000 and 240GB of data. There is also an exchange offer but only for old Vivo smartphones, no-cost EMI and 15 days replacement with the purchase of the phone.
Vivo Y91 specifications
- 6.22 inch HD+ Halo FullView 19:9 display
- MediaTek Helio P22 chipset
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage
- 13MP + 2MP rear
- 8MP front
- 4,030 mAh battery
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