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China’s investment might have saved Apple’s screen supplier

Has China saved Apple’s new iPhones?

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Last year, Apple revealed a surprising decision. Rather than completely adopting OLED, the iPhone maker used LCD screens for its budget iPhone XR. Despite the cheaper solution, Apple still delivered a perfectly serviceable smartphone. The iPhone XR received a favorable modicum of praise.

Unfortunately, Apple’s economic strategies might have caused some unintentional fallout. Apple’s main screen supplier, Japan Display Inc., has fallen into dire straits. Just like Apple, the supplier has not adequately transitioned to OLED production. Likewise, Chinese suppliers have lowered their prices to competitive advantages. As a result, Apple’s main screen maker might be headed to the locker room.


However, just as China killed Japan Display’s performance, China might also save the ailing company. Reportedly, the Chinese Silk Road Fund and Taiwan’s TPK Holding Co will invest new funds into Japan Display. The investment will supposedly number around CNY 60 to 80 billion. Both companies will also take 30 to 50 percent stakes on the screen supplier.

Sadly, it might be too late. Two months ago, Apple reportedly ordered a batch of OLED screens from long-time rival Samsung. Supposedly, the new shipment will cost less for the iPhone maker. The Samsung-made screens will likely make an appearance this year, if the deal concludes successfully.

It’s still too early to tell. Apple is also struggling with other components. For example, Qualcomm is currently waging a legal war against Apple’s key components, possibly delaying developments in the future.

Usually, Apple launches its smartphones around September. Given component uncertainty now, the iPhone might look different behind the scenes when September comes this year.

SEE ALSO: 2019 iPhones will look just like 2018 models, and that’s fine

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OPPO makes Reno 10x Zoom official in Europe

OPPO’s new product series

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After launching in China and the Middle East, OPPO is ready to take its new flagship device to Europe.

Earlier this month, OPPO unveiled the Reno in China, a new product line that’s meant to embody the Chinese company’s creative vision. The OPPO Reno comes in two variants: the standard model and 10x Zoom.


The standard model is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor and has a dual-camera setup, while the flagship 10x Zoom sports the latest Snapdragon 855 and a triple camera setup, including the periscopic telephoto lens where the phone derives its name.

Both Reno variants will be available in two colors: a matte Ocean Green, and glossy Jet Black.

Qualcomm, Swisscom, and OPPO also announced its commitment to bringing 5G connectivity in Switzerland.

OPPO Reno will be available on May 10 and will retail for EUR 499. The 10x Zoom model will go on sale in June for EUR 799, while the 5G model for EUR 899 and in Switzerland, CHF 999 sometime in May as well.

 

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Xiaomi launches selfie-focused Redmi Y3 with 32MP front camera

Capturing selfies like a pro

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After launching the highly anticipated Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi is back with another successor. Following the success of Redmi Y2 in India, the brand has launched the Redmi Y3 today in India.

The phone features an upgraded front camera setup, improved design, and a more powerful processor. Xiaomi has been fairly vocal about its offering and even compared the phone’s front camera with midrange contenders like the Vivo V15 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30.


In a nutshell, the phone is built for selfie lovers. The front has a dot-notch design and houses the front camera. It’s a 32-megapixel selfie shooter with a significantly large sensor to capture more details. 4-in-1 pixel technology merges the four pixels into one, bringing in better details even in low-light.

In terms of software, the camera app now comes with Beautify 4.0, smart HDR, as well as auto scene recognition. For group selfies, the field of view has been bumped to 80 degrees.

The rear has a 12- and 2-megapixel dual camera setup for portrait pictures. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the back and the phone also supports face unlock.

The front has a 6.26-inch HD+ display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In line with the Redmi Note 7 Pro design, even the Redmi Y3 has a gradient back, but with a plastic build.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 632 processor along with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in the base variant. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery which can deliver up to 40 hours of talk time. For added comfort, the ports and buttons of the phone are sealed and can offer basic splash protection.

The Redmi Y3 starts at INR 9,999 (US$ 143) with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option costs INR 11,999 (US$ 172). It will be available for purchase starting April 30 via Redmi.com, Mi Home Stores, and Amazon.

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ASUS has new ROG Zephyrus laptops with GTX Turing, 9th-gen Core i7

More new gaming laptops from ASUS

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Aside from the new Strix notebooks, ASUS‘ popular ROG line of gaming notebooks also has new Zephyrus models. Complete with the latest GTX Turing graphics and 9th-gen Intel Core processors, you have three powerful laptops to choose from.

First is the ROG Zephyrus G which is one of the subtle gaming laptops in the ROG family. How so? This ROG notebook lets go of the flashy RGB backlighting and only has a simple white backlit keyboard. Also, it’s overall design is more subdued than other gaming laptops in the market.


Don’t mistake it to be a run-of-the-mill gaming laptop though; the Zephyrus G sports the new AMD Ryzen 7-3750H processor and NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics. It also has a 15-inch 120Hz IPS display with narrow bezels. The notebook can support up to 24GB DDR4 memory and up to 512GB SSD. ASUS promises seven hours of battery life; that is if you’re just browsing the web.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G | Image credit: ASUS

Next in line are the updated ROG Zephyrus S and ROG Zephyrus M models. Both ROG notebooks practically share the same chassis with 15-inch displays, but with minor differences in specs.

The top-of-the-line Zephyrus S comes with the latest 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA RTX 2070 graphics, plus it has ROG Boost for better performance. It even comes with a GPU switch to save battery life when G-Sync is not needed. Speaking of the display, it features a Pantone Validated panel with an insanely fast 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S | Image credit: ASUS

The Zephyrus M, on the other hand, is a toned-down version with NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti graphics. Since this one doesn’t need much power to supply its internals, it can be charged through USB-C when needed. It’ll also come with a new 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor with dual M.2 NVMe SSD slots.

Unfortunately, ASUS has yet to disclose the official prices of these notebooks. They’ll be available where ROG notebooks are distributed soon.

SEE ALSO: ASUS unleashes new ROG Strix with GTX Turing graphics, enhanced RGB lighting

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