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Fast Forward: Apple is launching new iPhones, Xiaomi will unveil the Mi Mix 3

Apple and Xiaomi will share the spotlight this September

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Curious about what to expect in the tech and pop culture world? Here’s a quick roundup of upcoming events and launches happening in September!

Three new Apple iPhones

Don’t buy a new iPhone just yet! Apple is expected to announce its latest batch of iPhones this September. The new iPhones are likely to be unveiled sometime in the second week and there will be three models to choose from.

Upcoming iPhone colors | Image credit: 9to5mac

We’re expecting an upgraded iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED display, a new high-end iPhone with a bigger 6.5-inch OLED display, and a cheaper model with a 6.1-inch LCD. Two of the new iPhones might even come with dual-SIM card slots in select regions.

Not only that, the cheaper model will have multiple colorful variants in gray, white, blue, red, and orange. No specific names for each yet, but rumors point to an aluminum frame as well. It could be an iPhone 5c reborn but in aluminum.

UPDATE: Apple will officially announce new iPhones on September 12

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is coming

Right after Apple’s launch, it’ll be Xiaomi’s turn to impress. After giving its flagship Mi Mix series minimal upgrades five months ago, it’s now time for a real change. According to early leaks, the Mi Mix 3 will join the ranks of the Vivo NEX and OPPO Find X in the screen-to-body ratio battle.

Alleged Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 teaser | Image credit: Android Pure

When is the Mi Mix 3 coming? Well, inside info and leaks from China are saying there is a September 15 launch. If the rumors are to be believed, Xiaomi’s new full-screen flagship will sport a retractable front camera to remove the display chin.

We’ll just have to wait and see to confirm, but knowing that Apple and Xiaomi are having back-to-back events got us excited.

UPDATE: Xiaomi made a full tease of the Mi Mix 3 and its October launch

Pocophone F1 will go on sale in Southeast Asia

After having its launch in Southeast Asia, the Pocophone F1 will soon be available for consumers to buy. India got first dibs on the Xiaomi-made budget-friendly flagship phone, and it’ll soon be in the hands of consumers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Pocophone F1 | GadgetMatch

In true Xiaomi fashion, the Pocophone F1 will be pretty limited and available first through online channels like Lazada. Store availability will come after, but we’re not sure how many units will be available for purchase.

Spider-Man for PS4 will be released

Enough with phones; let’s have some love for gaming consoles. The upcoming Spider-Man game, which is coming exclusively to the PS4, is on its way in September.

Limited Edition Spider-Man Sony PS4 Pro

To make it even more special, a Limited Edition Spider-Man PS4 Pro bundle will be available on the same day as the game’s release. The bundle will include the game, a customized PlayStation 4 Pro in red with a large Spider-Man logo, and a red DualShock 4 controller.

Mark your calendars for September 7 to get the game and limited edition PS4 Pro bundle on time.


Fast Forward is our roundup of upcoming news, launches, and events. It’s a monthly feature to give our readers a heads-up on what is happening in the tech realm. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of the calendar, so we do it for you.

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Sony’s PlayStation is back, Xiaomi outs new Mi 8 variants: Weekend Rewind

Ending the week with nostalgic feels

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. The iconic PlayStation is back!

Let’s kick things off by taking a trip down memory lane. Almost 25 years after its debut, Sony is bringing back the iconic first-gen PlayStation and it will come as the PlayStation Classic.

It’s basically a miniaturized version complete with a pair of original controller replicas. What’s even more exciting is that fans of the original PlayStation will be able to relive 20 legendary titles including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3!

2. Razer Phone 2 gets a launch date

Razer officially confirms the arrival of its second gaming smartphone — the Razer Phone 2. It succeeds the Razer Phone that was launched last November and based on earlier leaks, it’ll be a familiar-looking product.

The phone should sport the same body as its predecessor including the display with buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate. Of course, the internals will have beefier specs as well. We’ll know the low down real soon during its special event at California this October 10.

3. Apple is on the lead!

While it may be true that Apple didn’t sell the most number of smartphones, they still earned more than their competitors. According to the latest data from Counterpoint Research, Apple had the biggest share of industry profits during the second quarter of 2018.

For comparison, Apple earned 62 percent of the second-quarter smartphone profits. Samsung, which is the top-selling smartphone vendor, is responsible for just 17 percent of smartphone profits in the quarter. Huawei takes the third spot with eight percent of the profits.

4. A complete but affordable smartwatch

Huami, Xiaomi’s sub-brand in China, has a smartwatch that offers tremendous bang for your buck. The company just unveiled the Amazfit Verge and it’s got everything you could ask for in a wearable without the high price tag.

The Amazfit Verge has a GPS, heart-rate sensor, and a full-circle AMOLED display. It’s also equipped with a microphone and loudspeaker that allow voice calls through the smartwatch.

5. Xiaomi outs Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite

On a related note, Xiaomi also held a quick event to announce a few things including two new Mi 8 variants — the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite.

In a nutshell, these are additions to the flagship Mi 8 family. The Mi 8 Pro is similar to the Mi 8 with the same specs like its Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of memory, and 128GB of expandable storage. Although, this model comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

As the name suggests, the Mi 8 Lite is a toned-down Mi 8 and comes with a midrange Snapdragon 660 chipset, dual rear cameras, and a 24-megapixel front camera. Both phones are initially available in China, but international availability is yet to be announced.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Singapore’s first iPhone XS buyer goes all out

He went for the 512GB storage!

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Whenever new iPhones launch, a familiar scene is people lining up in front of Apple Stores long before launch date. The same is true in Singapore where the iPhone XS and XS Max officially became available on Friday, September 21.

We visited the Apple Store in Orchard Road and caught up with the first person to cop the new iPhones. His name is Daniel and he went all out getting two units of gold iPhone XS Max with 512GB of storage. Watch our interview with him.

The same situation is true elsewhere in the world. In countries like the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and more, lines formed as those who pre-ordered got ready to claim the new iPhones.

This is the first time that the two sizes of iPhones feature the same specs. In years past, there was always a plus model that had more features other than just having a bigger form factor. In 2018, the only difference is the screen size — 5.8 inches for the iPhone XS and 6.5 inches for the iPhone XS Max. Both phones are equipped with the new A12 Bionic processor. Apple says it’s their smallest and most powerful chip to date. Both also sport dual cameras.

The Apple Watch Series 4 also launched today. It’s a significant update to Apple’s primary wearable featuring medical advantages other than the usual improvements. As always, it still is a lifestyle gadget and comes with an array of available looks.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS unboxing: Beautiful gold color!

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Apple iPhone XS unboxing: Beautiful gold color!

We have them early!

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It’s now mid-September and if you’ve been following technology news, you’d know that means one thing: new iPhones from Apple. And if you’ve been following GadgetMatch closely the last few years, you’d expect us to be brewing content by now.

This year, we got them early. What we are unboxing the 5.8-inch model, dubbed the iPhone XS and the bigger variant, the iPhone XS Max. There’s also a more affordable 6.1-inch iPhone XR coming later in October.

The box has not changed much — it’s still the same minimalist white box with the image of the phone you’re getting. Inside are a packet with manuals and stickers, USB-A charging brick, Lightning cable, and a pair of Lightning EarPods (not AirPods, they just look alike).

It’s worth noting that the bundled charger is the regular adapter and cable from yesteryears, even if the new iPhones already support fast charging. To get fast charging on the iPhone XS and XS Max, you need to spend an additional US$ 75 for a Lightning to USB-C Cable and a 29W USB-C adapter.

Since omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack, these new iPhones are also the first ones to not include a headphone jack to Lightning dongle — an extra US$ 9 purchase if you ever need one.

Unlike previous years where you need to get the bigger model to have the best features iPhones have to offer, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are essentially the same phones — the latter just has a bigger display and battery capacity.

The iPhone XS and XS Max also come in a new beautiful gold color, something similar to our favorite iPhone 8 and 8 Plus color from last year — a subtle, non-tacky shade of gold. A slightly darker gold but shiny stainless steel band also highlights the edges of the phones. Button and port placements have not changed, and the notch housing Apple’s TrueDepth Camera technology lives on.

We have more iPhone content coming in the next few days so make sure to stay tuned for that. Our unboxing video is also coming where we unboxed a new case color as well. Subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven’t yet.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS cruises to top of AnTuTu benchmark ranking

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