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OPPO launches F11 Pro with pop-up camera and near bezel-less display

Can OPPO gain back its lost share?

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While Realme is going all out in an attempt to capture the budget segment, OPPO is focusing on taking over the midrange. The price bracket is exceedingly competitive and with the recent launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, every brand wants to outdo the other.

OPPO has launched the F11 Pro today in India and the company has ensured the phone suits every user. To increase the screen-to-body ratio, a pop-up camera has been included and the design gets a makeover as well.

Two gradient color options are available: Thunder Black and Aurora Green. The design is similar to what we’ve seen on the high-end R17 Pro, and it’s coming at a significantly cheaper price now. The 64GB option comes with 6GB RAM and is priced at INR 24,990 (US$ 355). Sale starts from March 15 via all major sellers.

It gets a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P70 processor and it comes with ColorOS out of the box. New features of the custom skin include Hyper Boost that can enhance the performance for day-to-day apps as well as games. Special optimizations are included for 11 games, including PUBG.

The rear has a 48-megapixel primary camera along with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For improved low-light pictures, four pixels are merged into one to produce a more detailed and sharp photo. The camera app includes automatic scene recognition and an Ultra Night Mode for AI-backed enhancement.

Lastly, it has a 4000mAh battery coupled with OPPO’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. The brand claims it can charge the battery from zero to 100 in just 80 minutes. For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and expandable storage is supported via a microSD card.

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Apple is preparing to open its first stores in India

Based on new job listings

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For one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, India is one of the rarer countries where Apple does not outright dominate. Undoubtedly, the company is trying to change that. Ongoing job listings in India are suggesting that Apple is ready to open its first brick-and-mortar store in the country.

First reported by Financial Times, Apple has posted job openings in India for several retail roles including for the iconic Genius Bar. Another clue even indicates that some spots have already been filled ahead of time. A few employees in the country have reportedly posted about their new jobs on LinkedIn.

Unfortunately, none of the job listings show how many stores are planned and where they will be. Narrowing things down by a bit, a few of the confirmed employees are from Mumbai and New Delhi. The report also does not indicate when the stores will open. However, since a few have already been hired, a grand opening might be coming soon.

Apple has a lot to gain by strengthening its foothold in India. The country is an important stronghold for smartphone companies. However, the company might find things harder as time goes by. The country recently dictated that brands must switch to USB-C if they want to sell their devices in India. All over the world, Apple remains the last stalwart against adopting the more universal standard.

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India to enforce USB-C on all phones by 2024

Smartphones and wearables affected

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Last year, the European Union made a lot of waves by announcing the impending enforcement of USB-C across all devices sold in the region. Other countries, such as Brazil, joined in by pondering its own version of the same policy. Then, as 2022 wound to a definitive close, India, skipping a more deliberative phase, has announced a sweeping enforcement of USB-C coming in 2025.

In approximately two years’ time, most devices sold within India must use USB-C ports (via Business Standard). More specifically, Indian lawmakers have included smartphones and wearables as part of the new policy. Like policies in other countries, India’s policy revolves around the drive to reduce e-waste from devices.

Naturally, as is the case in other countries, Apple is the brand most affected by the ruling. While most Android-based smartphones already use USB-C across the board, Apple’s device still rely on the proprietary Lightning cable, severing a significant chunk of the populating from the more universal standard.

The country is nothing to shrug off, either. India is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. Though Android is much more prevalent than Apple, India’s new policy is certainly a significant speed bump for the iPhone maker.

Though Apple has publicly protested against the new policies, the company has also confirmed that it will comply with the new rules. While it has a slightly lengthier timeframe in India, the brand has to comply in the European Union by the end of 2024.

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India might force Apple to adopt USB-C soon

Exploratory talks have started

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It’s the world versus Apple. After years and years of proprietary hardware, Apple is finally facing a deluge of pressure to abandon the Lightning cable. The entire European Union have already decided to force device markers, particularly Apple, to adopt the universal standard, USB-C. Now, another country is joining in: India.

As reported by Mint, the Indian government has started holding exploratory talks with manufacturers to discuss the possibility of a common charging standard. While the talks aren’t decisive yet, it’s the first step towards legislation moving in favor of a standard.

Though the wording remains vague, a lot of pressure is on Apple. The iPhone maker is still one of the biggest opponents against adopting USB-C worldwide. Amid the company’s growing gallery of USB-C devices, the Lightning cable is still alive and well. A lot of other manufacturers have already moved on to the standard for its their ports.

Soon, the company might not have a choice. If a decisive law is passed, India will join the European Union and Brazil in potentially forcing Apple into the standard. It’s not an insignificant ally for the pro-USB-C camp, either. India is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world.

Apple is unlikely to launch a USB-C iPhone series this year. The company is already expected to launch the next series in a few weeks’ time. If such a phone is coming, it might debut as soon as next year.

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