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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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Honor 10i Launched in Russia! Comes with Triple Cameras & SD710 SoC.

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Honor quietly introduced the new Honor 10i in Russia. It comes with a waterdrop style notch and a 3D gradient finish on the rear. It joins the Chinese manufacturer’s other smartphones like Honor 10, Honor 10 Lite in Honor’s Portfolio.

As for the specifications, Honor 10i features a 6.21 inch display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) and 19:5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the device comes with a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 24MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP secondary sensor and a 2MP ultra-wide sensor. On the front, it offers an AI-powered 32MP sensor. The handset runs EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie. It houses a 3,400 mAh battery. Among other specifications, the phone features 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Face Unlock and a rear fingerprint sensor.

Honor is yet to reveal the pricing of the Honor 10i while the availability of the phone is listed as ‘coming soon’. Looking at the specs, it is likely a mid-range device that will compete against the likes of Samsung M30. It will be offered in three color options with the Red and Blue variants to sport a 3D gradient finish while the Black variant will have 3D finish without any gradient. The company has also not confirmed if it plans to launch it outside Russia

Honor 10i specifications

  • 6.21 inch FHD+ 19:9 display
  • Kirin 710 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 32MP + 8MP + 2MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 3,400 mAh battery
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Samsung A20 Launched in Russia. Comes with 6.4 inch AMOLED Infinity-V display & 4000 mAh battery

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Samsung has launched a new smartphone in the A-series in Russia. Dubbed as the Galaxy A20, it is launched alongside the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 smartphones. The device sports a 3D Glass build and a waterdrop notch.

The Galaxy A20 features a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED Infinity-V display with a resolution of HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels). Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7884 paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 512GB via a microSD card slot.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup at the rear comprising a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and 5MP secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It offers a 8MP camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture. The handset runs Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery. It has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and support for Samsung Pay.

As for the pricing the Samsung A20 is priced at RUB (Rs 15,000 approx) for the single 3/32GB variant. As for now, the company is yet to announce the device’s availability in India.

The company is also expected to launch the Galaxy A60 on April 19. From recent rumours, it will have a 6.7 inch Infinity-U FHD+ display with an in-screen fingerprint sensor and powered by a SD 6150 chipset which is yet to be announced. It will be paired with 6/8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

It will have a triple camera setup of 32MP + 8MP + 5MP configuration and offer a 32MP sensor on the front. It will likely run Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 9 Pie and will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery.

Samsung A20 specifications

  • 6.4 inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V display
  • Exynos 7884 SoC
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • Samsung’s One UI based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery
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Vivo X27 and Vivo X27 Pro Launched in China!

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Pop-up camera fad is on the rise with manufacturers Vivo and OPPO launching several new handsets with this design theme over the course of the last few months. Vivo launched the V15 Pro in India, OPPO launched the F11 Pro while the OnePlus 7 leaks also hints a similar design. Vivo today launched two handsets today at its home market. Dubbed as the Vivo X27 and Vivo X27 Pro, they feature the pop-up front camera design.

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The Vivo X27 comes in two variants with the base variant powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 while the higher version gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. Both the variants feature a 6.39 inch FHD+ display and backed by the 4,000 mAh battery. The base variant has an 8GB RAM + 128GB on-board storage configuration while the higher one has 8GB RAM + 256GB on-board storage configuration. The higher variant also gets 22.5W Vivo Flash Charge technology. The dual SIM handset runs on Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie.

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The smartphones sports a AI powered triple camera setup at a rear consisting of a 48MP primary camera, a 13MP secondary sensor and a third 5MP sensor. There is a pop-up 16MP sensor at the front on the base variant while the higher variant gets a 32MP sensor. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS and USB.

As for the Vivo X27 Pro, it is the most expensive and feature-packed among the three sporting a 6.7 inch Super AMOLED 20:5:9 display and powered by a Qualcomm 710 chipset. It has 8GB RAM and 256GB on-board storage. It comes with a triple camera rear setup with a 48MP primary camera which has the Sony IMX568 sensor. The front offers a 32MP pop-up camera. There is an in-fingerprint sensor and 4,000 mAh battery. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, WI-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, NFC and USB.

The Vivo X27 pricing has been set at CNY 3,198 (Rs 33,000 approx) for the 8/128GB variant and CNY 3,598 (Rs 37,000 approx) for the 8/256GB variant. They will be available in China from March 23. The Vivo X27 Pro comes at a price tag of CNY 3,998 (Rs 41,000 approx) for the single 8/256GB variant. Vivo is yet to confirm if the handsets will be launched outside the Chinese market.

Vivo X27 Specifications (base variant)

  • 6.39 inch FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 16MP front
  • Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery

Vivo X27 Specifications (top variant)

  • 6.39 inch FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery with 22.5W Vivo Flash Charge technology

Vivo X27 Pro Specifications

  • 6.7 inch FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 48MP + 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery with 22.5W Vivo Flash Charge technology
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