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iPhone XR is the top-selling phone around the world

It single-handedly defeated Xiaomi and Samsung

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Over the last few years, the smartphone has rapidly evolved and we’ve seen veteran brands like LG and HTC become ruins in no time. All this while new entrants like OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Realme have made huge strides.

However, there’s one brand that still hasn’t changed anything in the last decade. Apple continues to follow a year-long refresh cycle and all new iPhones are unveiled in September. On the other hand, the affordable and midrange segment are seeing new launches every couple of weeks.

And yet, the best-selling phone in the first half of 2019 is iPhone XR. According to analyst firm IH Markit Technology, that iPhone model has defeated even Samsung’s much cheaper Galaxy A10 offering.

Apple shipped 13.6 million units worldwide during the first quarter of this year. It then shipped another 13.3 million in the second quarter. That total of 26.9 million is more than double the 13.4 million units shipped by the budget Samsung Galaxy A10.

This is in-line with Apple’s strategy. The iPhone XR starts at US$ 749, a price significantly lower than the iPhone XS and XS Max. Recent price cuts in a few markets like India have also contributed massively to rising sales.

Apple’s iPhone 8, released in 2017, and iPhone XS Max were also among the top smartphones for the first half of the year.

“Compared to the Android-based smartphone makers, Apple maintains a relatively small model lineup,” said Jusy Hong, research and analysis director. “This means that Apple’s total sales volume is divided among fewer models. As a result, each of Apple’s iPhone models tends to generate higher shipment numbers than comparable Android smartphones, such as those sold by Samsung.”

Considering these sales figures, we expect Apple to unveil an iPhone XR successor this week.

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A remastered NieR Replicant is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Experience a much darker and more modern re-telling of the highly anticipated prequel

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Square Enix came into Tokyo Game Show 2020 with a big announcement in mind. Even though it was an online show, the developers behind Final Fantasy and Marvel’s Avengers have something brewing up for the year. This time, they’ve decided to focus on a market-exclusive title —  NieR Replicant — ready for a more worldwide stage.

To kickoff the Tokyo Game Show, they’ve announced the arrival of NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139. If you haven’t heard of NieR Replicant before, that’s totally reasonable because this was a Japan-exclusive release. Essentially, Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 is a remaster of the original game released in 2010 for Japanese players.

NieR Replicant is the most anticipated sequel to the post-apocalyptic RPG, NieR Automata. This prequel delves into a darker world that sees you going on a quest for a cure. Also, joining you in this quest is Grimoire Weiss in search for the “Sealed Verses.” For Automata players, you may be familiar with it as he appears as downloadable content for the game.

The prequel will be available on April 22, 2021 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Meanwhile, its PC release on Steam will be on April 24, 2021.

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Acer named as official sponsor for PUBG Continental Series 2

Providing all the powerful hardware at the highest level of competition for PUBG

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PUBG and Acer have a brief history of organizing intense competitions. Just earlier this year, the PCS Charity Showdown ushered in the year’s promising lineup of Esports tournaments. Now, these two are back at it again with another huge tournament to crown a new champion for 2020.

The PUBG Continental Series 2 APAC is an online regional tournament that brings together the top teams from Southeast Asia and Oceania. Beginning August 29, 16 teams across the region will vie to become the APAC region’s third overall champion. With Acer as the official sponsor, all participants will get their hands on the most powerful Acer Predator hardware.

Featured Esports hardware include the Acer Predator Triton 500, powered by the latest processors and GPUs. It sports a 10th generation Intel processor and up to an NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER GPU for stellar power and performance. Also, it comes with a 300Hz refresh rate IPS display with a 3ms response rate for smooth gameplay all around.

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OPPO Find X2 Pro now comes in Green Vegan Leather

OPPO’s finest in a new skin

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OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Leather

OPPO’s finest is back but in a new skin. The OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Vegan Leather Edition is now official and it’s coming to Singapore.

That isn’t just any kind of leather. With an IP68-rating, it’s splash, dust, and waterproof. OPPO says the new color variant takes inspiration from the concept of “healing.” The company believes it is a soothing and refreshing color that exudes comfort.

The complete the look, the phone also includes a custom-made vegan leather built-in middle frame. It uses environmentally-friendly materials along with a unique three-layer leather stitching technology.

OPPO’s finest

The OPPO Find X2 Pro is the culmination of OPPO’s innovations over the years. Here’s an excerpt from our review:

“The Find X2 Pro delivered in every aspect, especially in those that are most important to us. Just by holding the phone, you can tell that OPPO spent a lot of time refining the product. The Find X2 Pro has one of the best spec sheets found on smartphones this year as well.”

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G Green Vegan Leather Edition is priced at SG$ 1,699 (US$ 1237), and will be available from this Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Singtel, Starhub and M1 stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Store, and at all OPPO Concept Stores.

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