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iPhone 12 series: the iPhone for literally everyone

The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini are great without breaching the US$1000 mark

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If you were hoping for a drastic transformation like say, base form Goku to Super Saiyan Goku, then look elsewhere. The design from the iPhone 11 to the iPhone 12 feels more like Super Saiyan Goku to Super Saiyan 2 Goku. You’re not sure what the difference is? Exactly.

This is Super Saiyan 2. Very, very similar to just Super Saiyan.

But Apple made changes in the areas that truly matter.

5G is real and it’s here

Just like in the Buu Saga where nearly every Saiyan can turn Super Saiyan, every major smartphone maker now has a 5G phone. In the United States, Verizon’s 5G UWB (Ultra-Wide Band) helps these new iPhones achieve up to 4.0Gbps of peak download speeds.

A14 Bionic Chip 

In terms of power levels, the new iPhones are pretty even. They’re equipped with the latest A14 Bionic chipset — which was first showcased last month on the iPad Air. It  promises 40% better CPU performance and 30% in GPU than the A12 found in the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max series.

MagSafe 

Nope. There are no Dragon Ball references here that would make sense. What surprisingly does make sense is the addition of MagSafe on the new iPhones. Don’t confuse it with the MagSafe ports on old MacBooks though. The MagSafe tech here exists for primarily for better wireless charging.

It helps make sure that the phone snaps into place on the wireless charger. Even more clever are the MagSafe cases. You can slap on other things on the iPhone’s back when you’re not charging it. It’s l0w-key genius.

Improved Cameras

Shooting in Night Mode isn’t limited to the Wide lens anymore. The new and improved camera Ultra-wide and front camera sensors will let you shoot in low-light as well. Other than that, there’s also a new video mode called ‘Night Mode Timelapse’ which basically brings better low-light when shooting timelapses.

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The camera is also where the gap between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro widens. The iPhone 12 Pro (and 12 Pro Max) is the photographer and videographer’s iPhone. Read more about it here.

Pricing and availability

The iPhone 12 (6.1″ display) and iPhone 12 Mini  (5.4″ display) will come in  blue, green, black, white, and (PRODUCT)RED. Pricing are as follows:

Availability is a little bit more tricky:

  • Customers in Australia, China, Germany, Japan, the UK, the US, and more than 30 other countries and regions will be able to pre-order iPhone 12 beginning at 5AM PDT on Friday, October 16, with availability beginning Friday, October 23.
  • iPhone 12 mini will be available for pre-order beginning at 5AM PST on Friday, November 6, with availability beginning Friday, November 13.
  • iPhone 12 will be available in India, South Korea, and more than a dozen other countries and regions beginning Friday, October 30.

Here’s the entire lineup’s pricing:

 

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Canalys: vivo rises to 4th in global smartphone shipments

First time since the company was established

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Market analyst firm Canalys reports that vivo ranked fourth in global smartphone shipments for the first time in history since the company was established in 2009.

With a market share of 10 percent, the Chinese smartphone brand placed fourth behind Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi in the third quarter of 2021.

Previous quarterly numbers from Canalys indicated that vivo remained among the top five in global smartphone shipments in the past four quarters.The company also topped China’s smartphone market in the second quarter of 2021, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, maintaining strong growth momentum.

Championing a “local mindset” and putting value to its understanding of local culture and management, vivo continues to expand to more markets worldwide and accelerate its globalization.

As of now, vivo has branched out its sales network across more than 50 countries and regions, and is loved by more than 400 million users worldwide.

In the Philippines alone, vivo took over as the top smartphone vendor with a 21 percent market share during the second quarter of 2020, an impressive rise of 18 percentage points from the previous year, also per a Canalys report.

It has maintained a strong presence in the country with the introduction of top-of-the-line yet affordable smartphones. As of the second quarter of 2021, vivo holds an 18.2 percent market share.

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OPPO is developing its own chipsets

Following Google’s footsteps

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Are the golden days of Snapdragon ending? A few smartphone makers have dedicated considerable resources to creating their own in-house chips. Doing so will considerably reduce their reliance on the current dominators of the semiconductor industry like Qualcomm and MediaTek. Much like its contemporaries, OPPO is reportedly developing its own flagship processors.

First reported by Nikkei, OPPO is planning to release its first chipsets sometime in 2023 or 2024. The chips will come with the brand’s flagship devices. They will rely on TSMC’s advanced 3nm process.

Naturally, the report doesn’t indicate which smartphones will eventually come with the chipsets. However, a promised flagship does indicate good things to come.

The report coincidentally follows the recent Google Pixel 6 launch. Much like what OPPO is promising, the Pixel 6 sports Google’s first in-house chipset called the Tensor. Apple’s M1 chipset lineup is also an attempt to reduce the brand’s reliance on other component makers.

When Google announced the Tensor, Qualcomm publicly stated that the efforts towards in-house chipsets won’t hamper its dominance in the industry. The company has other clients after all. Then again, with more companies following Google, the top chipset maker might finally feel the crunch. OPPO is still one of the world’s top smartphone brands, especially after the rapid descent of Huawei.

SEE ALSO: OPPO set to launch its first tablet next year

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The Pixel Pass is official, will bundle the Pixel 6 with Google services

As cheap as $45 per month

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A bit before Google officially launched the Pixel 6 series, a leak revealed an upcoming subscription package called the Pixel Pass. The then-unannounced package bundles the new Pixel 6 with a host of Google products. Since the Pixel 6 series is now official, the Pixel Pass is now official, too. Here’s what the subscription plan will offer.

Announced with the Pixel 6 series, the Pixel Pass offers either a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro and Google’s other paid services like 200GB of Google One storage, Google Play Pass, YouTube Premium, and YouTube Music Premium, and Preferred Care coverage.

The regular Pixel 6 will sell for US$ 45 per month, and the Pixel 6 Pro will sell for US$ 55 per month. Google Fi subscribers can also save an additional US$ 5 from the price tag. Subscribers will pay for their chosen phones over two years. Regardless of which phone, the Pixel 6 will be unlocked. If you do the math, the package can actually save you money, compared to paying for the phone directly.

Additionally, the Pixel Pass will offer users the opportunity to upgrade to another Pixel phone after the initial two-year period. However, if subscribers cancel anytime during the subscription, they have to pay for the phone’s remaining non-discounted value.

The new subscription package introduces a new way to get a Pixel phone, similar to how Apple created the iPhone Upgrade Program. Unfortunately for those outside the country, the package is currently exclusive to the United States for now.

SEE ALSO: Here are new Pixel 6 features you should definitely try

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