Apple today announced the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, the most advanced iPhones ever. The devices, as the name suggests, are the successor to last year’s iPhone X, with a whole lot of improvements and surprises in the box.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are identical in specs and features, with one major difference being the screen size. The former is a 5.8-inch OLED Super Retina device, and the later is a 6.5-inch OLED Super Retina. While the 6.5-inch display may sound a gigantic deal (well, it is!), the iPhone Xs Max has a body no larger than the Plus-sized iPhones. Larger yet compact.
Why Max? Well, that’s what comes after Plus in Cupertino.
The new flagship iPhone Xs line-up is powered by A12 Bionic chipset. Apple says the A12 Bionic is designed specifically for the iPhone Xs, and pushes the bar way further than A11 Bionic. One of the many features of A12 Bionic is that it’s the mobile industry’s first 7nm chip on a phone. Thanks to the new Neural Engine, real-time machine learning is now on-the-fly.
The iPhone Xs family sports a dual-camera setup that’s tweaked to take things even further, making use of Core ML for Augmented Reality. Apple also demoed how Apps like The Elder Scrolls: Blades and HomeCourt are making use of the new camera configuration.
The 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and 12-megapixel telephoto lens are paired with an improved set of True Tone LED flash, with all new lenses inside. Apple also introduced Smart HDR, which performs a ton of image processing with different conditions on-the-fly, as “a new era for photography.”
For a real surprise that hasn’t happened ever before, Apple has included Dual SIM support for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. One iPhone, two networks. And you don’t even require a physical SIM, provided your carrier supports Apple’s eSIM feature that lets you pick a wireless service and plan directly from the device.
The new iPhone Xs come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants, in Space Gray, Silver and Gold finishes. This is the first time Apple is offering gold finish for an edge-to-edge iPhone.
The iPhone Xs starts at $999, with an additional $100 for the iPhone Xs Max. Pre-orders open later this week, and worldwide sales commence on September 21.
OnePlus 6T to launch in Nepal on November 11
OnePlus’ fastest device is coming faster than ever in Nepal this time.
OnePlus recently announced that it will be launching the OnePlus 6T in Nepal on November 11. The company launched the handset just last month in New York.
Yes, OnePlus is sticking to its ridiculous six-month update cycle that outdates the only flagship every six months.
The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a teardrop notch, and a chin, of course, on the front. It packs a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending upon your preference.
OnePlus has added an in-display fingerprint scanner to the handset, and removed the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery included in slightly larger in capacity than what we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6. Rest follows what’s on the OnePlus 6.
You can pre-order the OnePlus 6T in Nepal beginning November 11, and get the handset delivered in the next few days if not weeks. OnePlus Nepal is offering the handset at a discounted price of 69,999 NPR for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, in partnership with Alibaba’s Daraz to celebrate its Double 11 sales day.
That said, the regular OnePlus 6T pricing will likely be a little over what Daraz is offering.
We’ve reached out to OnePlus for more information, and will update this article as the story progresses.
Update: OnePlus will be selling the OnePlus 6T for 75,999 NPR in Nepal after the Daraz Double 11 sale is over. Grab the discounted price while you can.
OnePlus 6T gets new Thunder Purple finish in China
OnePlus fans in China are in for a treat that’s not black but purple.
OnePlus has announced a new OnePlus 6T variant that it’ll trade exclusively in China for the time being. The new OnePlus flagship doesn’t take another tech specs bump in this news, rather a new finish. Thunder Purple.
While the US and rest of the world has to settle for OnePlus 6T Mirror Black and Midnight Black, customers in China will be able to avail a new Thunder Purple finish of the OnePlus 6T. It’s similar to Samsung’s Lavender Purple, with more light purple at the bottom and darker as it reaches to the top.
For 3,399 Yuan ($490), you can grab the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in China. Rest of the world, waiting could be the only option for now.
Apple Pay is set to launch in Germany
This could happen anytime soon.
Apple is about to launch Apple Pay in Germany. Local banks have started emailing customers about Apple Pay’s launch in the country, but none have mentioned an exact launch date yet. Plus, Apple’s Germany website also states “coming soon” for the mobile payments service, leaving us without an exact date.
Apple earlier this year promised that it will launch Apple Pay in Germany before the end of this year; we can now see where it’s headed. Apple Pay made its debut in Europe when it launched in the United Kingdom in 2015, and now covers most parts of the continent. The contactless payments service could go live in Germany anytime soon.
At launch, Apple Pay will support American Express, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Boon, Bunq, ComDirect, Square, Edenred, Fidor Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, N26, O2 Banking, and Vim Pay customers in Germany.
Stay tuned for more information as the story progresses.