Just about three months ago, the California tech-giant was enjoying a smooth ride with profits coming in, constantly; considering the fact that it was also the most valued company on the planet, last year. But since October 2018, the freefall of its revenues has generated a lot of ‘negative buzz’ among the analysts, the investors, the consumers, and also those who are the admirers of Apple Inc. in one or the other ways.
Apple has so far lost $450 billion of revenue since October, which is more than even the ‘overall value of social networking giant Facebook’. The total value of Facebook is about $383.76 billion. Well, FB’s total worth is also more than the total GDP of some countries like Iran, Norway, and Austria!
Now, you can imagine how big the loss is for Apple, even taking into account that it’s still got a lot of money and will probably make up for the losses very soon.
On Thursday, the iPhone maker’s stocks fell by 9.96%.
Way back, three months ago, on October 3rd, 2018, when Apple hit a peak of $232.07 per share, it gained a market cap of $1.16 trillion. But now, it just dropped to a low of about $142.19 per share (new results may vary from the article’s figures), clearing out a massive amount of $450 billion from its revenue. And on Thursday, January 3rd, Apple’s market cap was standing at $710.97 billion, as per the reports of Macrotrends.
And now Apple has also lost its position as world’s third most valuable company to Google’s Alphabet.
Apple has been struggling to maintain its aura for a while now and many experts are saying that to boost the revenues further and by a large number, Apple should also try to enter the budget-flagship or budget range of smartphones, as per the current trend. But that, for now, seems unlikely since Apple is a luxury phone making brand and always keeps the priority very high for the value of its products.
But it needs to understand the changing scenario in the markets currently, across the globe. If it keeps going like this then brands like OnePlus and Xiaomi will eventually end up becoming the true ‘smartphone profit makers’.
It looks like a state of a ‘slight’ emergency for Tim Cook and his team to sustain the company’s growth, just like it was moving three months ago.
Even the famous tech YouTube channel Unbox Therapy also came up with a video recently, discussing how Apple should move ahead if it has to live up to the fast-growing trends. Lewis Hilsenteger, who runs the channel, also talked about Apple’s recent decision to make the iPhones in India, in 2019.
Source: Business Insider
Realme 3 Pro: Price, Specifications, Features Leaked, Budget Mid-range Phone?
In a time where Oppo, Vivo, Samsung etc. are bringing top notch phones in high range and prices, Oppo’s subunit Realme is something different. It would not be wrong to say that in the generation of high range telephonic devices, Realme has stormed the market by launching highly specified phones in mid range prices or in our budget.
It all started with the launch of the Realme 1, but the game changed after Realme 2 was launched. At that time, Vivo and Oppo were giving notch phones at an approx. rate of ₹ 26K. And, Realme entered the market with its notch phone at only ₹ 9K. Just look at the difference. Since then, there is no stopping for Realme.
And now, it is back with another smartphone, better than the previous ones. At least, rumours say that the phone will be launched in India by March 2019. But, we have brought you some leaked information about the flagship phone.
Display and Configuration
Coming to the phone, the Realme 3 Pro flaunts a 6.3 inch FHD+ IPS LCD display, with a screen resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels with a pixel density of 409 PPI. This screen size and specs is enough for users to watch movies or videos and play games on a large, bezel-less clear screen with reality colour. And the aspect ratio of 19:5:9 is really trendy to look on. When it comes to performance, it is powered by an Octa-core (2GHz quad-core, Cortex A73 + 2GHz quad-core, Cortex A53) processor which combines with the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset to give high performance. And the graphics department is led by Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
According to rumors, the phone gives you one variant in terms of RAM, which is 6 GB and internal memory of 64 GB which is expandable up to 256 GB, but there are two phone color variants – Black and Gold.
Camera and Battery
We know both Oppo and the sub unit Realme focus well on their camera (except Realme 1!). And Realme 3 Pro confess with dual rear camera setup which gives you one 16 MP primary camera and one 2 MP secondary camera, and both of then allow you to take great photos. The single camera setup in the front has a 20 MP camera, suitable for clicking mesmerising selfies. The Li-ion battery has a capacity of 4100 mAh, which is claimed to provide you ample power to last for one day.
Storage and Connectivity
When the case is about storage, you are provided with 64 GB of in-built internal storage. If it is not enough for you, then the external memory slot allows you to expand your storage up to 256 GB.
For the connectivity, it comes with 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, microUSB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS etc.
Price and launch date
The price in India is rumoured to be about approximately between ₹ 14,999 to ₹ 18,999. And the release date is not confirm, but the estimate is between Jan 2019 and March 2019.
The Realme 3 Pro is a mid-range device that comes with a powerful configuration that shows no sign of a glitch. The display is excellent which will allow the user to watch movies and play games with a natural colour reproduction. For the camera performance, the device has maintained its position. Overall, the backup is also very reliable which makes it a perfect handset at its range. Overall, it is expected to PERFORM LIKE A PRO!
Lenovo Z5 Pro GT Announced with 12GB RAM and upcoming Flagship Processor from Qualcomm
Lenovo is also not far behind when it comes to putting out some beasts in competition to other heavyweights. And continuing this streak, it unveiled its new flagship model, Lenovo Z5 Pro GT, on Tuesday, in China. The biggest highlight of the newly announced phone is that it will be the first phone, in the world, to come up with a 12GB of massive, huge RAM! Yes, you read it correctly.
Not only this, but it will also be the first smartphone in the world to possess the upcoming highest flagship chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855 SoC, based on 7nm architecture.
The phone will be running on latest Android Pie 9.0 operating system, skinned with Lenovo’s own ZUI 10.0 theme. The Z5 Pro GT will go on sale in China from January 24th, 2019.
Specs and Price
Talking of the phone itself then the Z5 Pro GT comes with a big 6.39inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a screen resolution of 1080x2340p. The protection is of Corning Gorilla Glass.
But the selling point of this premium Lenovo phone is the Snapdragon 855 chipset which was just announced earlier this month by Qualcomm. But Lenovo became the first one to truly come out with a phone actually running on that ultrafast chip in the world.
For keeping the performance levels top notch and without any halts, no matter what, the flagship processor combines with a huge and unprecedented 12GB of RAM, which is insane, seriously. Apart from it, the Z5 Pro GT will also be coming in variants of 6GB of RAM and 8GB of RAM.
For photography, the Z5 Pro GT has a dual-rear camera setup, with one being a 16MP SONY IMX519 sensor (with f/1.8) and other being a 24MP SONY IMX576 sensor (with f/1.8). There is also a dual-tone LED flash on the rear.
On the front too, there are dual cameras for taking even better pictures. There is a 16MP sensor (with f/2.2), and an 8MP IR sensor also for unlocking the phone via ‘Face Unlock’ in very dark conditions also.
For those who don’t know yet, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT also has the now trending ‘sliding camera functionality’ which makes it an almost clear, all-screen phone from the front. So if you want to use front cameras, you can just use the slider that has about six parallel slides, double-helical structure, and AI enabled smart antennas. The antennas are touted to intelligently detect the position of the user’s hand grip to dynamically adjust the signal.
For storage purposes, the phone has massive capacity options of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. While the connectivity includes Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/A-GPS, 4G LTE, dual-SIM (Nano), Wi-Fi, NFC, and also USB Type-C. The phone also comes with nearly all the necessary sensors, like ambient light sensor, hall sensor, proximity sensor, e-compass, gravity sensor, gyroscope, and of course the fingerprint sensor under the display itself!
For ensuring a good and durable performance throughout a day, the phone also has a decent 3,350mAh of a battery.
Now ultimately coming to the price tag of this brilliant beast from Lenovo. Well firstly, it will only be coming in China, and that too next year towards the end of the first month.
In China, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage will be sold for CNY 2,698 (translating to about Rs.27,700), the 8GB/128GB model will be available for CNY 2,998 (translating to about Rs.30,800), the 8GB/256GB model will be sold for CNY 3,398 (translating to about Rs.41,100) and lastly the 12GB/512GB variant will be available for CNY 4,398 (translating to about Rs.45,100).
All these four variants of the Z5 Pro GT will be available to pre-order from January 15th, 2019, in China, while the sale of the phone will begin from January 24 onwards. The phone will be available in a Carbon Black colour option with carbon fibre finishing on the top.
There’s no chance however of it arriving in India lately since Lenovo hasn’t announced anything regarding that yet. But it’s a great phone and considering the prices in China, it will really turn out to be a great competitor to any premium and expensive phone currently being available in the Indian market, like OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Apple iPhone XS Max/XS and Google Pixel 3/3XL.
The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT deserves to be in India considering the fact that it will just knockout the very-very costly flagships out-of-the-park by its own very aggressive pricing.
Samsung Galaxy S10 will have a triple camera setup on the back
The Galaxy S10 may be months away from its first and official reveal but the speculations and rumors never cease to pop up. And now, according to yet another new report by PhoneArena, the Samsung flagship of 2019 may have a rear triple camera setup. But only the higher-end version, that is, the S10+ is rumored to have three cameras on the back.
The report by PhoneArena claims to have received an anonymous tip on Galaxy S10+’s back camera placement. But it is also believed that not only the S10+ but the regular S10 will also be having a three camera setup on the rear. Some newly leaked videos and reports have also suggested that there will be an ‘Infinity-O’ display in the upcoming Galaxy S10 phones and that they will also have a ‘punch hole’, in the screen itself towards the top right corner, for the front cameras.
The Infinity-O display was unveiled last month during the Samsung Developer Conference, and it had already debuted on the Galaxy A8 models, being launched recently in China. According to PhoneArena, the Infinity-O display is also another kind of AMOLED display which offers 2K+ screen resolution.
Many design leaks of the S10 suggest that the phone will be ultrathin with curved round edges, and possessing very minimum bezels.
Some image renders are claiming that the new S10 phones by Samsung will be having bigger displays too. While the speculation is that the S10 will be having a 6.1inch display, the S10+ is rumored to have a 6.4inch display. And the very good thing is that phones will be keeping the traditional 3.5mm audio jack too, implying that the users won’t be disappointed.
The premium S10 smartphones may arrive during the next year’s MWC 2019, according to strong predictions. And it will be the perfect timing also, as the year will only be just beginning.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition launched in India
OnePlus 6T’s new variant, the McLaren Edition has arrived in India and since it’s a flagship, the pricing is also super high. The McLaren Edition will be available in the country for Rs.50,999. With this, OnePlus has also crossed, for the first time, the mark of Rs.50,000 for any of its phones. The 6T McLaren Edition will go on sale in India on December 15th, 2018, via Amazon India portal, and also on OnePlus India website.
The phone’s new Edition was unveiled in Mumbai, yesterday evening. The big difference is definitely of the looks and how the 6T McLaren Edition feels in your hands. It is very premium looking with design and colours inspired by the McLaren racing car itself. And on top of it, the phone’s superfast performance itself makes it a superphone, with speed being the priority.
Speaking about the phone’s design specifically then there is a brand logo of McLaren on the back, towards the bottom. The edges and borders of the phone are in Papaya Orange colour (again, just like the McLaren racing car).
Not only this, but the colour of the phone’s USB Type-C cable has also changed to orange which looks fantastic. Plus, this time OnePlus has also provided VOOC charge technology for the 6T McLaren Edition (for the first time), unlike its previous phones where there was the regular Dash charging support. The only difference is that the VOOC charge technology will enable the phone to get a quick boost in very less time.
Talking about the technical specs then the biggest upgrade to the 6T McLaren Edition is the mammoth 10GB of RAM, as compared to the 8GB variant of the usual OnePlus 6T. The phone has a 6.41inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Other things are mostly similar like Snapdragon 845 and the 3,700mAh battery. The internal storage is also huge at 256GB.
The camera optics are also similar to that of the OnePlus 6T regular model, with dual-rear lenses and front selfie camera.
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Xiaomi’s Poco F1 will be available with a Rs.5,000 discount during Flipkart Big Shopping Days Sale
The Xiaomi lovers in India will have a big surprise arriving in a few days! Because the cheapest flagship phone in the world, Poco F1 will get even more affordable now on the online portal Flipkart during its Big Shopping Days Sale from 6 to 8 December. The phone will be available for an extra discount of up to Rs.5,000.
Currently, the Poco F1 has become a ‘hot cake’ near or above the range of Rs.20,000, for possessing the flagship processor, Snapdragon 845 (octa-core chipset) from Qualcomm.
As of now, the 6GB/64GB variant of Poco F1 is available on Flipkart for Rs.21,999, 6GB/128GB model for Rs.24,999, and lastly the high-end variant of 8GB/256GB for Rs.30,999.
But during the Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days Sale and after the discounted prices, the 6GB/64GB model will be priced at Rs.19,999 (discount of Rs.2,000), 6GB/128GB model for Rs.21,999 (discount of Rs.3,000), and lastly the 8GB/256GB model will be available for Rs.25,999 (discount of Rs.5,000).
Poco F1 Specs and Features
The fantabulous Poco F1 comes with a 6.18inch Full HD+ LCD display with a resolution of 2246x1080p, having an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. It’s protected by a 2.5D curved glass, has a contrast ratio of 1,500:1, 84% NTSC colour gamut, and Corning Gorilla protection.
For powerful and unmatched performance it’s powered by the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, clocking at 2.8GHz, combined with the GPU of Adreno 630. It also has the ‘Liquid Cooling technology’ for reducing the heat during intensive gaming for long hours.
The phone also supports an extra microSD card storage of up to 256 GB and for ensuring the durability for more than a day, there is a very large and impressive 4,000mAh battery, with Quick Charge 3.0 support too.
The Android platform is of Android 8.1 Oreo operating system but now, there is also the latest Android Pie 9.0 update available for the Poco F1.
Coming onto the optics then there is a dual-rear camera setup of 12MP (Dual Pixel) + 5MP lenses, and the cameras are really impressive. While on the front there is a 20MP selfie camera, for taking portraits and also studio lighting quality pictures, having an aperture of f/2.0.
For connectivity, there is Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C port for charging, dual Hybrid-SIM slot (nano+nano/microSD card), Dual 4G+VoLTE, 3.5mm audio jack, IR Face Unlock Dirac HD, Dual Smart PA, and of course the fingerprint sensor located on the back.
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