Apple today announced the Apple Watch Series 4 during its special event keynote at the Steve Jobs Theater. The new Apple Watch comes with a larger display and some industry-first offerings.
Apple Watch Series 4 has a larger display and smaller bezel, which is more than 30 percent in screen than previous models, while maintaining the same compact design. It’s a huge design accomplishment since the wearable was announced three years ago. The Series 4 will be offered in 40mm and 44mm sizes, moving away from the Watch’s initial 38mm and 42mm sizes.
The back of the fourth-generation Apple Watch is made of black ceramic and sapphire glass, which isn’t just durable but also allows radio waves to easily pass through for better cellular service. The Digital Crown is no longer just a button; it now supports haptic feedback, too.
Under that glassy surface, powering the wearable is Apple’s S4 chip with a custom 64-bit dual-core processor. The next-generation S4 chip delivers twice the performance while maintaining the same all-day battery life.
Now the most exciting feature of all — Apple Watch Series 4’s new health feature — the ability to take electrocardiogram (ECG) right from the wrist. This is done using the new ECG app that’s in watchOS 5 on Series 4. The electrodes in the Digital Crown work with the new electrical heart rate sensor in the back glass to provide an ECG reading in 30 seconds. All you have to do is place your finger on the Digital Crown, and your heart rhythm classification is there in just 30 seconds. Yes, that’s FDA-approved across the US.
And the new accelerometer and gyroscope pairs along with custom algorithms can now perform fall detection as well. While the new sensors are not just limited to fall detection and operating SOS feature in emergency, these units also contribute to understanding a variety of other fitness activities. Apple Watch Series 4 ships with watchOS 5, which arrives in the public on September 17.
The new Apple Watch Series 4 comes in three different finishes: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. Yes, there are Nike and Hermès edition bands available. You can pre-order the Apple Watch Series 4 later this week before it’s available to purchase on Friday, September 21 in the US. Pricing starts at $399 for the GPS variant, and an additional $100 for the cellular.
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.