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Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max & iPhone XR Launched

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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.

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iPhone XS

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.

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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.

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iPhone XR

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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.

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OPPO A7 launched with SD450, Water-drop notch and 4,230mAh battery

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The Chinese smartphone giant OPPO has now unveiled a new sibling of the Oppo A7X, dubbed as Oppo A7 in multiple Asian markets such as China, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The device is basically a toned-down version of the aforementioned and comes with a water-drop notch, glass back design and a large battery.

To be more specific, the China-only variant of the phone bears a glossy finish whereas the non-Chinese edition of the smartphone has a textured finish at back.

Talking of the specifications, the OPPO A7 comes with a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with HD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio, aiding to a screen-to-body ratio of 88.3 per cent. The display further incorporates an anti-reflective coating and Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC coupled with Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB/ 4GB of RAM, and 32GB/ 64GB of onboard storage which can be expanded further up to 256GB using a MicroSD card. (Chinese market will get only the 4GB RAM model).

In the optics department, the phone bears an AI-powered dual camera set up at the back, featuring a 13-megapixel primary sensor (f/2.2 aperture) and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor (f/2.4 aperture), along with an HDR-enabled 16-megapixel selfie shooter at the front. It can capture studio-quality portrait shots with bokeh effect through AI beauty technology and also supports multi-frame image stabilization technology for recording vivid videos.

The Oppo A7 runs on ColorOS 5.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and gets its fuel from a large 4,230mAh battery. Connectivity options include dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Micro-USB with OTG support, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors included onboard are the accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. Lastly, the phone measures 155.9×75.4×8.1mm and weighs 168 grams.

Coming to the price, the handset is tipped at CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,500) for its sole 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant and will be available in Fresh Powder, Lake Light Green, and Amber Gold colour options starting from Nov 22 as of Chinese market. On the other hand, it is priced at NPR 35,790 (roughly Rs. 22,200) for the 3GB RAM +32GB storage configuration with an option to choose from Glaring Gold and Glaze Blue colours, in Nepal. As far as the rumours go, OPPO might launch this phone in India on Nov 22, the day of Redmi Note 6 Pro launch. Stay tuned for further updates.OPPO A7

OPPO A7 Specifications

  • 6.2-inch HD+ IPS display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC
  • 3/4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB Internal storage
  • 13MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 Rear Camera
  • 16MP Front Camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 4,230mAh Battery
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Vivo Z1 Lite Launched in China. Comes with 6.26 inch Display & SD626!

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Vivo today expanded its portfolio by launching the Vivo Z1 Lite smartphone in China. The device was up for pre-orders since November 1 and is a more affordable version of the Vivo Z1 launched this year. Though it sports similar looks, it comes with lower specifications to make up for the cheaper price tag. It was speculated that the phone is going to be launched as Vivo Z1 Youth.

Vivo Z1 Youth

As for the specs, the Vivo Z1 Lite  sports a 6.26 inch LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (1080 x 2290 pixels) and an aspect ratio of 19:9 because of a top notch. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which can be further expanded up tp 256GB via microSD card.

In the optics department, the Vivo Z1 Lite features a rear dual camera setup of 16MP + 2MP with LED flash while offering a 16MP at the front with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with modes like Pro mode, Panorama, beauty, AR shoot, backlight photo, blur photo, slow mo, filter and more. The handset runs on FunTouch OS on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,260 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Dual SIM and GPS while sensors onboard include accelerometer facial recognition, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor and a fingerprint sensor at the back. It measures 154,81 x 75.03 x 7.89 mm and weighs 149,3 grams.

The Vivo Z1 Lite comes at a price tag of CNY 1,098 (Rs 11,500) and is available in Aurora Purple, Black and Red color options from the Chinese Vivo official online store.

Vivo Z1 Lite specifications

  • 6.26 inch FHD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 16MP + 2MP rear camera
  • 16MP front camera
  • FunTouch OS on top of Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 3,260 mAh battery
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Vivo Y95 Announced in Philippines Silently. Comes with SD 439 & 6.22 inch Halo Notch Display

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Vivo today silently launched the Vivo Y95 smartphone in Philippines. The retail box of the device was leaked earlier. It comes with a small waterdrop notch similar to the recently launched Vivo V11 and V11 Pro.

The Vivo Y95 features a 6.22 inch Halo FullView display with a resolution of HD+ (1520 x720 pixels). Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset paired with an Adreno 505 GPU. It is coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be further expanded by microSD card.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup in the rear of 13MP + 5MP while offering a 20MP at the front. The cameras come with AI features first seen in the V11 series which can determine the age, gender, tone and texting of the skin and lightning and automatically improves the facial features with the algorithm.

It runs on FunTouch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo and comes with an updated AI Game Mode, Jovi AI and Google Lens. The advance game mode combines with artificial intelligence to save popular functions such as pop-up notifications, background calls and gaming keyboard. It is backed by a 4,030 mAh battery supported by an exclusive power management system. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC.

It is available in Star Black and Red Dawn colour variants and comes at a price tag of $265 (Rs 18,500 approx). It is currently available only in Philippines but is expected to launch soon into other markets including India.

Vivo Y95 specifications

  • 6.22 inch HD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 20MP front
  • FunTouch OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 3,040 mAh battery
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