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Report: iPhone 8 sales doing better than iPhone XR’s, iPhone X to make comeback

All’s not well with 2018 iPhones

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Despite arriving to strong early demand and positive reviews, Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup — consisting of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and more budget-friendly XR — is apparently struggling to appeal to consumers.

A report by The Wall Street Journal tells us that Apple has plans to cut iPhone XR prices in Japan due to poor sales and people preferring the even more affordable iPhone 8, which came out a year ago. This aligns with earlier reports of the same nature.

In addition, Apple may be bringing back 2017’s iPhone X after initially canning the model in favor of the updated iPhone XS and XS Max. While this is mainly because of weaker sales by the latter, the other reason for supposedly bringing it back is to fulfill the OLED panel orders from Samsung.

Samsung has been Apple’s OLED provider since last year, and that contract entails a certain number of panels to be produced and shipped. The iPhone X’s production is cheaper, and will allow the company to hit the quota much sooner.

In turn, this signals the possibility of the iPhone X making a comeback in certain markets. If Apple manages to significantly lower the price from the original US$ 999 — which is how much the newer iPhone XS cost at launch — this could be a viable alternative for higher-end smartphone seekers.

This brings us back to the iPhone XR: Where will it get placed in lineup? With the iPhone 8 becoming the true budget option and the iPhone X turning into a much better deal, the iPhone XR will have to find a market beyond simply being the colorful option.

This isn’t the first time Apple is bringing back an older model to fill in certain needs. To the company’s credit, it’s great at supporting older iPhones, keeping them in the iOS update loop for years after their launch — something Android manufacturers have been awful at.

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Redmi 9 Prime launches with quad-cameras and Helio G80

Realme should be worried

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After a brief sabbatical, Xiaomi is back with its blitzkrieg strategy. The company has gradually announced the Redmi 9 series in India, covering every possible price segment. Going after the affordable segment, it has now launched the Redmi 9 Prime and it’ll go up against the Realme 5i and Narzo 10A.

At first glance, the design of the phone looks identical to the POCO X2. However, it has substantial changes including a water-drop notch, rounded edges, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The back has a gradient color with a ripple texture that adds to the premium feel.

On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and TÜV Rheinland low blue light certification. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio G80 processor with 4GB RAM. Storage is expandable via a microSD card.

The rear sports a quad-camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, an 8-megapixel camera is located on the front.

Backing these internals is a 5020mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. Although, the in-box charger is rated for 10W only. In line with all other Redmi phones, it ships with MIUI 11 out-of-the-box and supports face unlock.

The Redmi 9 Prime has two configurations available. The 4GB+64GB option costs INR 9,999 and the 4GB+128GB variant costs INR 11,999. The phone shall be available from August 17 via Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Stores, and other offline partners. Color options include Space Blue, Mint Green, Matte Black, and Sunrise Flare.

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Grab suspends GrabCar as Manila tightens quarantine

Other Grab services remain operational

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Grab is suspending its GrabCar ride-hailing operations in Metro Manila again. This comes after the government announced stricter quarantine measures to curb COVID-19 cases.

GrabCar will stop all ride-hailing operations by August 4 at exactly 12 midnight. The cessation is only temporary as the government places the whole Metro Manila under a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).  Under the MECQ, stricter transport measures will take effect. One of those measures include a halt to all public transportation and ride-hailing services.

Other Grab services will remain operational

Other services from Grab will remain operational throughout the whole MECQ period. Individuals can have their meals or groceries delivered from 6am to 12mn through the GrabFood and GrabMart service. For parcel and package deliveries, GrabExpress is ready to serve customers 24/7.

GrabPay will also remain, enabling safe and quick cashless transactions on supported establishment and services.

Support for driver partners

The company is already seeking ways to support its drivers as they suspend ride-hailing operations in the metro. They are now providing training to help them transition to the delivery fleet service. Other riders with the appropriate training will have the chance to ferry medical frontliners through the company’s partnership with select hospitals.

Riders under Grab’s loan program can rest easy with their deadlines as the company is already working on extending payment holiday with its payment partners.

The company also remains committed to its GrabProtect program. It will keep on providing free tests for riders, partners, and passengers to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the whole community.

This is not the first time that Grab suspended operations in the country. Last March, the company suspended its operations as the whole Luzon went into enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). After the government lifted the ECQ last May, Grab resumed operations with extra precautions. Now, it is suspending operations once again as Metro Manila braces for another stricter quarantine measures.

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Mate 40 might have a gigantic camera bump

According to leaked render

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In a few months, Huawei is launching the Mate 40 series, the company’s next entry in the flagship lineup. As always, leaks will start to reveal more and more about the latest smartphone soon. Today, we have the first barrage of rumors for the Mate 40 series. In more ways than one, it’s huge. According to a leak, the Mate 40 might have a gigantic camera bump.

Unveiled by OnLeaks and HandsetExpert, the newly leaked renders show what the Mate 40 series will probably look like. Naturally, the most blatant feature is the gigantic rear camera bump taking around a third of the phone’s rear panel. The setup currently houses three rear cameras a fourth unknown camera sensor. Notably, the Mate series historically has a circular camera. However, if the renders are true, the bump is a lot bigger than usually delivered.

In other news, the reportedly 6.4-inch display has two punch hole selfie shooters. It will also have a dual curved screen. Like the bigger camera bump, it’s a huge departure from the Mate 30. Traditionally, the Mate series has a large notch at the front.

Besides hardware, not much is known about the device’s software. However, if history continues as usual, the Mate 40 series will not have Google Mobile Services. Instead, it will likely have the usual EMUI software.

The Huawei Mate 40 series is expected to launch sometime in the fourth quarter. However, another mystery is whether the official release is delayed or not.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P40 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Camera shootout

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