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Apple says stores will have iPhone X units, but not for everyone

The iPhone X pre-orders open this Friday, October 27, at 12:01 AM PDT, but if you want to walk into an Apple store and buy the phone you'll get your chance on Friday, November 3 starting at 8:00 AM, local time. Despite serious concerns over availability, Apple says that its stores will have stock but customers are encouraged to arrive early. Keep in mind that you'll likely face long lines, and it could all be for nothing as stores are expected to have limited supply. The iPhone X will launch in more than 55 countries at the same time. Here's the full list of iPhone X...

Buying a OnePlus 5 will require an invite, at least in India

Have you ever met anyone who was into the OnePlus invite system before it was retired? Actually, have you ever heard of anyone that liked that system of buying smartphones? Probably not. But do brace yourself, for it looks like the much-hated invites will be back for the OnePlus 5, at least in India. On the official landing page for the handset's launch in the subcontinent you can purchase an invite for the unveiling event that will take place in Mumbai on June 22. That invite will cost you INR 999 ($15 or 13€). It will obviously let you attend said event, but here's where it gets...

Apple iPhone 9 / SE 2 mass work to begin soon

Cupertino-based telecom giant Apple Inc. is gearing up to launch its latest budget-friendly phone this year. The gadget is going the much-awaited iPhone SE 2. Few reports have claimed that it could be arriving in the market as the iPhone 9. Apple aims to begin assembly this February, ahead of its 2020 roadmap after it adds a range of 5G-enabled devices to the lineup. According to a report on Bloomberg, a source close to Apple claims that the company is likely to officially uncover the fresh product in March. The 3 Taiwanese firms in charge of the assembly lineup are Wistron Corp., Pegatron Corp., and Hon Hai Precision Industry. The iPhone SE 2 / iPhone 9 will be the second low-cost iPhone following the first-generation iPhone SE from 2016 that based on the iPhone 6S. The cameraphone is rumored to be based on the iPhone 8, what is currently offered at $499. iPhone 9 renders iPhone 9 renders Editor’s Choose: Apple drops information, encryption on the FBI’s request Everything We Know So Far About the iPhone 9 / iPhone SE 2 The demand for modest phones has increased week ago, with the iPhone XR being well-received globally. Thus, Apple might be planning to launch a low-cost iPhone 9 / iPhone SE 2 telephone. As claimed by to flowed out renders that were shared by OnLeaks in the recent past, the iPhone SE 2 is made up of a 4.7-inch panel with a deep bezel on top and an equally deep chin. Apple might do away with the much more expensive XDR OLED Retina panel in favor of a Liquid Retina LCD display to keep costs down. The iPhone SE 2 packs an aspect ratio of 16:9, together with a physical fingerprint scanner on the chin. The device going lacks Face ID. While the power button is located on the right edge, the quantity rocker and alert slider are found on the left edge. The lightning port is located between 2 speakers grills on the backside. The frosted glass rear display is exact to the one on the iPhone 8. The device is a single camera with an LED flash on the top left corner, with the iconic Apple logo located in the center. Powering the iPhone SE 2 is the Apple A13 Bionic chipset found on the most recent iPhone 11 series. The product is going to feature 3GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB of original memory, run on iOS 13 and sport a price tag of $399. Rumors of a second version with a bigger 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch panel sporting a price tag tag of $499 are moreover doing the rounds on the internet. This smartphone might be named iPhone 9 Plus. There is with no official word from Apple or any of its partner firms in-charge of assembly. Affordable iPhones have proven to be Very outstanding with customers. Perhaps the suitable example of which is the iPhone 11, whose main price begins at $50 lower than Apple’s regular pricing. Keeping this steady rise in demand in mind, Apple has asked its semiconductor supplier to deliver much more chips this quarter. iPhone sales have been dwindling in price-sensitive markets like India. The manufacturer plans to sell more than 200 million units in 2020, and the iPhone SE 2 will play a major role in achieving the target. Source

Xiaomi will release Mi Drone at awesome price

We knew it was coming, so it's not a total surprise. But, the very fact that Xiaomi -- best known for its phones -- is getting into the drone business is a bit of an eyebrow raiser. Today, the company revealed the Mi Drone, a 4K camera-wielding quadcopter that looks more than a little like DJI's Phantom series. The two Chinese firms are now technically rivals, of course, as more and more companies decide they want a slice of the (apparently booming) quadcopter business. No one was expecting Xiaomi to reinvent the wheel, but there was a good chance it'd be competitive on price: 2,999 yuan (about $460), which is considerably cheaper than even DJI's $799 Phantom 3 4K. "We want everyone to be able to afford good products. That was why I set up Xiaomi in the first place," CEO Lei Jun added. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Note9 passes through the FCC, one month earlier than the Note8

Today the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note9 has been certified by the US FCC. This is a normal step on the way to its launch, but it's interesting to consider that last year, the Galaxy Note8 passed through the FCC at the end of July. Does that mean that all those rumors talking about the Note9 hitting the streets earlier in the year than its predecessor were true? It definitely seems so at the moment. The exact model that was certified is the SM-N960F, the international version. Expect the US-specific iteration to be SM-N960U, going by Samsung's most recent naming convention. As this is...