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

Based on initial pre-orders

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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

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Sony Xperia 1 II coming to Singapore

Monster of a smartphone camera hitting us later in the year

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The world’s first smartphone with up to 20FPS AF/AE tracking burst — the Sony Xperia 1 II — is coming to Singapore.

Some of the more notable improvements from its predecessor are as follows: new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip, support for 5G, and a single storage option of 256GB.

However, the headlining features are its camera capabilities. Specifically the following:

  • 20FPS burst shooting with 60 times per second AF/AE3 calculations from Sony’s Alpha interchangeable lens cameras.
  • Creator mode and cinema recording function Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” from Sony’s professional solutions business division
  • X1 for mobile based on technology from BRAVIA TV

The camera system is still a triple 12-megapixel setup but it now has larger sensors and ZEISS optics. The cameras are also calibrated by ZEISS and the lens have a special ZEISS T anti-reflective coating on them. Optical zoom is one-step further with three times magnification instead of two.

It has a 6.5-inch 4K OLED Display with a cinematic 21:9 Aspect Ratio and is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Availablity in Singapore

The Xperia 1 II in Black, Purple and White will be available in Singapore in Q4 of 2020 at Sony StoresSony Store Online, and the Sony flagship store on Lazada. Price information will be available at a later date while a registration of interest can be done at this link.

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OPPO Enco W31 now official

With ‘Environment Noise Cancellation’

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OPPO just announced the pricing and availability of one more TWS headphones option — the OPPO Enco W31.

It has dual microphones that enables the Environment Noise Cancellation feature. OPPO says it shuts out the noise enough so you can focus on whatever you need to focus on, free from any noise distractions.

For sound quality, it has a bass and balance mode for what they say is “high-definition sound quality and rhythmic bass for lifelike audio.” It has tap and touch controls and supports a voice assistant.

It promises up to 15 hours of music playback and up to 12 hours of call time with the charging case. Fully charging the earphones will take only 2.5 hours. It also has an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance.

The OPPO Enco W31 retails for PhP 2990 (US$ 61) and is available for purchase on all open OPPO concept and online stores, official dealers, as well as Shopee and Lazada.

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HP P22H rotating monitor now official in the Philippines

It can rotate to 90-degrees

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HP is bringing its P22H monitor to the Philippines. It’s targeted towards business professionals and has features some noteworthy specs that are worth looking at, especially for those buying a secondary monitor for their remote work setup.

The HP P22H monitor has a 21.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution. Colors and details pop out more, allowing for a comfortable viewing experience. Plus, it has a three-sided micro-edge bezel to ensure that documents and contents stand out.

There’s also a plethora of ports available on the monitor. It comes with the standard HDMI and DisplayPort connector. Professionals who need to connect older devices may also do so with a VGA connector.

The stand out feature for this monitor though is its viewing configuration. HP P22H allows up to 100mm of adjustable height for optimal viewing. It can also swivel and tilt up to various degrees. Finally, professionals can pivot the whole monitor to 90 degrees — perfect for viewing long documents and spreadsheets.

HP’s newest business monitor is now available on Lazada for PhP 8,440 (US$ 170). All monitor purchases come with a standard three-year warranty for the buyers’ peace of mind.

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