Apple Watch Series 4 is more popular than iPhone XS — analyst

Based on initial pre-orders



Just a couple of days after the start of the pre-order for the new Apple iPhones and Watches, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo already has a report providing an insight into how the new devices are doing. The new Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and Watch Series 4 are not yet available in stores, but the pre-order numbers say a lot about the excitement of the fans.

Let’s put the good news first. It’s claimed that pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 4 are doing “better than expected” which is probably due to the number of new features. The new smartwatch from Apple now sports a bigger display and has electrocardiogram support. The latest-generation wearable is expected to boost Apple Watch sales in the coming months to over 18 million units, and more than half of that will be the Series 4.

Prices of current iPhones from Apple

As for the new phones, Kuo claims that pre-orders for the iPhone XS are not doing well or simply “lower than expected.” Due to the lack of major changes and features from last year’s iPhone X, the new regular iPhone is off to a weak start. Sales forecast for the iPhone XS will be around 10 to 15 percent of the total iPhone shipments.

It also seems that the soon-to-be-available and cheaper iPhone XR has a role in iPhone XS’ popularity, as well as the bigger iPhone XS Max.

The iPhone XS Max is doing okay, especially in China where the dual-SIM capability and new gold color are popular among consumers. The estimate for the iPhone XS Max is between 25 to 30 percent of overall iPhone sales in the remaining months of 2018.

The upcoming iPhone XR is shaping up to be the most popular among the new iPhones with an estimated 55 to 60 percent share of the total iPhone shipments this year. Too bad the pre-order for the cheaper iPhone is still a month away.

Kuo estimates that the shipment peak of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will be in October, and the iPhone XR will start shipping and benefiting from supply chain momentum in October.

Via: MacRumors

SEE ALSO: Apple discounts iPhone 8 and 7, discontinues iPhone X, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE


ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 receives global Android Pie update

More features coming up



The ZenFone Max Pro M1, which had been a mainstay on our Best Smartphones list, is officially seeing its Android 9 Pie update roll out internationally.

This comes a little over a year after the phone’s original launch. According to ASUS’ official online forum, the update is targeting model ZB602KL, which is the international unit. The update’s version number is 16.2017.1905.053.

The update is about 1.5GB in size and can be accessed by checking the System Updates option under System in the main settings menu. ASUS says that the update’s push is happening in batches, so it may take longer for some users to receive it.

The hefty update includes all the features that are bundled with Android Pie, along with the latest security patch from ASUS and some bug fixes.

Last month, only the Indian version of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 could be updated to Android Pie.

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Redmi 7A offers a solid budget phone experience

Continuing the legacy of great value



When we first reviewed the Redmi 5A, we dubbed it the best smartphone you could buy below US$ 100. But then the Redmi 6A happened, and it wasn’t nearly as impressive. Fast forward to the Redmi 7A, which looks to bring Xiaomi’s entry-level A-series back to its roots.

Xiaomi once again placed a capable Snapdragon chipset in its lowest-end Redmi model. This time, it’s the Snapdragon 439. With the 4000mAh battery, this phone is built to last long on a single charge.

The memory and storage options of 2GB+16GB and 3GB+32GB aren’t as impressive, especially against today’s standards, but as the previous two generations had proven. they’re sufficient for basic apps and tasks.

On the back is a single 13-megapixel camera while the front houses a standard 5-megapixel shooter. As for the display, it’s a 5.45-inch 720p LCD with no notch or hole in it. Once again, there’s no fingerprint scanner to be found.

Indeed, this is as basic as it gets for a smartphone, but like the Redmi 5A and 6A, the Redmi 7A is suitable for first-time smartphone users and those who needs an inexpensive secondary phone.

While no official pricing has been announced yet, it’s expected to retail for no more than US$ 100 like its predecessors. We’ll learn more during the Redmi K20 launch happening on May 28.

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Huawei’s phones can’t use microSD cards anymore

Another casualty of the ban



Everyone knows what happened to Huawei. As the week winds down, the Trump ban is dismantling the Chinese company piece by piece. Most notably, Google has stopped its business dealings with Huawei. Soon after, hardware company ARM ceased support for future Huawei chips. Huawei has lost considerable support on both hardware and software sides.

Now, the company has lost another major backer. Reported by Nikkei Asian Review, the SD Association has revoked Huawei’s membership status. As the name suggests, the trade group dictates the SD and microSD standards of the industry. The Chinese company cannot use the standard for future devices anymore. Fortunately, Huawei can still use the memory cards for existing phones.

However, the latest bridge-burning has drastically changed the company’s future. Given everything, Huawei’s future does not include Google, ARM, and microSD extensions, among others. All three components are major parts of today’s phones.

Fortunately, the loss of microSD support isn’t a deadly deal. Huawei can still use other standards for memory card extension. The company also has its own proprietary standard called the Nano Memory Card. Of course, proprietary hardware is almost always a turn-off. Despite cushioning the SD Association loss, the Nano Memory Card isn’t as appealing as the universally available microSD card.

In other news, Huawei has also “temporarily” lost access to the Wi-Fi Alliance. Much like the SD Association, the Wi-Fi Alliance dictates the connectivity standards of devices. Thankfully, Huawei can still use Wi-Fi in its devices. However, the company cannot participate in any discussions to shape Wi-Fi’s future.

Likewise, Huawei has voluntarily withdrawn from JEDEC, a trade group that defines semiconductor standards. As with the Wi-Fi Alliance, the company cannot contribute to any future discussions.

Fortunately, both restrictions don’t impact the company’s future as much. However, Huawei’s future is slowly moving away from industry standards. If the company hopes to survive, Huawei must develop its own proprietary hardware or find replacements elsewhere.

SEE ALSO: Philippines: Huawei ban ‘will have a little impact’ on the country

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