The Find X is still finding its way to international markets, but that won’t stop OPPO from teasing a new phone. It’s only been four months since the official announcement of the F7 and it’s already time to anticipate the OPPO F9.
OPPO Malaysia just posted a dramatic teaser image on Twitter showing a waterfall with a notch (seems pretty weird) and a message “The breaking new vision. F9 is coming.” The post even has a philosophical question in its caption saying “A drop of rain falls on the leaf will shine they say, but how if it falls on the screen?” and “Get ready to welcome the OPPO F9 with new waterdrop screen, a breaking new vision experience for you!”
Whatever OPPO is trying to say or show is indeed puzzling. What on earth is a “waterdrop screen” and could this mean the F9 will have an IP rating against liquid? Also, the outline of the F9 and waterfall shows a smaller notch compared to the F7’s. It appears that the F9 will have a small cutout for the front camera just like with the Essential Phone.
To further confirm that the teaser is not a just slip, OPPO Malaysia posted two similar teasers a few hours after the first one:
— OPPO Malaysia (@OPPOMalaysia) July 30, 2018
A water-resistant midrange OPPO phone could be in the works, but let’s wait for further announcements before we get our hopes up. 🤞
Apple iPhone XR available for pre-order on October 19
We’re finally on the cusp of getting a more affordable iPhone. All six colors of the iPhone XR will be available for pre-order starting October 19, 12:01 am (GMT+8) on apple.com/sg and the Apple Store app.
The iPhone XR was launched alongside the iPhone XS and XS Max last month, offering the same flagship features as its high-end brothers have but with a few differences here and there.
The same A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine — one of the most powerful chipsets found in a smartphone today — powers the iPhone XR. It allows for better gaming and camera performance, a more immersive AR experience, and more efficient processing resulting in longer battery life compared to previous generations.
Instead of OLED, the iPhone XR’s display will be LCD — a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display — the most advanced of its kind according to Apple. It’s also an all-glass phone that supports wireless charging, and is wrapped with aluminum around the edges instead of stainless steel. The body is water-resistant with a rating of IP67, and is safe from everyday spills including coffee, tea, and beer. Liquid damage is not covered under Apple’s warranty, however.
In the camera department, the iPhone XR sports the same wide-angle lens found on the iPhone XS and XS Max, but doesn’t come with the 2x telephoto zoom lens. You can still achieve that bokeh effect through Portrait Mode, thanks to internal improvements to the ISP, Neural Engine, and software algorithms. In front, the notch that houses the latest TrueDepth camera system also enables Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting, plus Face ID for security and authentication.
In Singapore, the iPhone XR will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage models in black, white, blue, yellow, coral, and (PRODUCT)RED starting at SG$ 1,229 (US$ 892) beginning Friday, October 26 at 8:00 am.
It will also be available in more than 50 countries and territories on the same date, including Malaysia, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Other countries in Southeast Asia like Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam will get the iPhone XR starting November 2.
Through Apple GiveBack, customers can trade in their eligible device for an Apple Store Gift Card or a refund of up to SG$ 850 on their purchase. Trade-in values will vary based on the condition and model of your smartphone.
Vivo Y81i arrives as affordable full-screen smartphone
Notch and all
Vivo may be becoming more aggressive in the midrange and premium segments, but that doesn’t mean they’re letting go of the budget range just yet.
The Y81i is a testament to that, and it just unveiled itself in Malaysia. It’ll retail for MYR 599, which converts to around US$ 144.
It’s similar to the recently launched Y81 in a lot of ways, including the notched 6.22-inch 720p display, 13- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras, and 3260mAh battery.
The main differences — and reason why this model is cheaper — is the lower-end MediaTek MT6761 processor, 2GB of memory, and 16GB of storage for the Y81i.
There’s no fingerprint scanner on board, but it does come with face recognition for quick unlocking.
The available colors are black and red. No word yet when this will reach other countries.
OPPO x Shiseido special edition Starry Purple F9 box set is here
… and we want it!
In a partnership that likely more girls will appreciate, Chinese smartphone brand OPPO has teamed up with Japanese beauty company Shiseido to release a special boxed edition of the Starry Purple F9.
The special set features Shiseido’s Primrose Sun lipstick.
Also included is a voucher for a Shiseido makeup service.
Of course, there’s a Starry Purple OPPO F9 inside. Yes, that’s OPPO’s latest smartphone offering, but in a later-released special color — and what a pretty color, too! Watch the unboxing of the special edition here:
The good news? The special set retails for the same price as a normal OPPO F9, which means you get way more value from a prettier box and phone if you opt for this version.
The bad news? It’s only available in Malaysia via Lazada for MYR 1,399 so tough luck for those aching for this special set from other parts of the world.
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