New iPhone 11 release date, price, news and leaks

The iPhone 11 release date is likely in September, but Apple is already rumored to be testing out several iPhone 2019 concepts months in advance, as you’ll see below.

Credit: @OnLeaks / DigitIndia

There are plenty of iPhone 11 leaks to pore over on this page, and all of them point to a more significant upgrade than last year’s rather incremental iPhone XSdesign.

It may not be a radical top-to-bottom change considering the iPhone Xredesigned launched in late 2017, but the rear camera may get a big upgrade if you turn your attention to the back of every new iPhone 11 concept we’ve seen.

That’s good news because Apple isn’t selling as many iPhones as previously forecast, so its next flagship has to wow everyone or come down in price to stay competitive.

Update: Your iPhone 11’s screen may even work in the pouring rain, if a new rumor is to be believed.

Having analyzed previous Apple events, we predict that the iPhone 11 launch date will be on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

With three iPhones launched in 2018, we expect Apple to repeat the trifecta this year with the iPhone 11 possibly launching alongside the iPhone 11 Max and the iPhone 11R (names TBC).

So what new features will the iPhone 11 have, and will it still have a notch? Let’s investigate what we expect from Apple’s next flagship iPhone.

  • What does the iPhone 11 need to improve? Read our in-depth iPhone XS review

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The iPhone 11 will be Apple’s next flagship
  • When is it out? Launch is likely to be mid-September 2019
  • What will it cost? Likely no more than last year’s iPhone XS

New iPhone 11

The new iPhone 11 could end up looking similar to the iPhone XS

New iPhone 11 leaks and latest news

We’re seeing iPhone 11 renders (shown below) months ahead of Apple’s expected launch event, and all of the attention so far has been to the back.

The images show three cameras in a central block on the back, a back which looks to be made of glass, as we’d expect, while the front retains the notch from the iPhone XS. We’ve seen this design rumored a second time now, so it could be accurate.

However, it’s not the only design doing the rounds, with another showing a triple-lens camera in the left corner. That would be more in line with where Apple currently places the camera.

These image also show a likely glass back and the same arrangement of buttons as the iPhone XS, and multiple leakers have claimed they’re right.

The source of the images added that three new iPhone models are in the works – successors to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.

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Credit: @OnLeaks / DigitIndia

Credit: @OnLeaks / DigitIndia

 

So which design is accurate? One source has said that both designs are being evaluated, so ultimately one might be ditched, or they both might be used, or maybe we’ll see neither.

However, we have now heard from another source that the highest-end iPhone 2019 (which we’ll call the iPhone 11 Max for now) will have three rear cameras, so at least some of these pictures could well be accurate.

The same source says that the other two handsets will have dual-lens cameras and that the iPhone XR successor will stick with an LCD screen.

In fact, we’re hearing this from multiple publications now. The iPhone 11 Max may be the one version with a triple-lens camera, while the iPhone 11 and 11R may get them “eventually,” reports Bloomberg.

Interestingly, a laser-powered 3D camera was destined for the iPhone 11, but said to have been delayed to the iPhone 12 (or whatever Apple calls its iPhone 2020 model). This iPhone roadmap suggests Apple is going all in on augmented reality (AR).

We’ve also heard that the iPhone XI will have a 5.8-inch display, just like the iPhone XS, but with smaller bezels, and that it won’t support 5G, but that it will, surprisingly, have a 4,000mAh battery and a USB-C port. The same source says to expect space grey, gold, silver and blue colors.

However, another source says it won’t have USB-C, adding that the front camera will be upped to 10MP (from 7MP on current models), and that the rear camera will have 14MP and 10MP lenses, as well as a third, currently unknown one.

We’ve now heard multiple times that it won’t get USB-C, so don’t count on a change from Lightning.

One new feature it might get though is two-way wireless charging, allowing you to use the iPhone 11 as a charging mat for other devices. It’s a rumor we’ve heard more than once now so it definitely seems to be on the cards.

The same source for the first reversible charging tip adds that we might see a frosted glass back, and ultra-wide band connectivity, which would allow for improved indoor positioning. That could help with navigating interiors or might benefit AR applications.

The new iPhones may even be easy to use in the rain. A new report claims Apple is experimenting with a new tech that allows you to use the phone’s screen underwater.

In other news, one report points to the inclusion of Sony’s next-gen 3D sensorsin the new iPhone, which could in turn offer quicker face unlock, better Portrait mode depth-sensing and some potentially cool 3D modelling features and (AR) implementations. We recently watched a sample of Sony’s AR camera capabilities.

List of Apple iPhone under 30,000/- Price Range 

List of Apple iPhone under 30,000/- Price Range

  1. Apple iPhone SE (Gold, 32 GB)
    4.562,159 Ratings & 8,223 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹16,999
  2. Apple iPhone SE (Rose Gold, 32 GB)
    4.562,159 Ratings & 8,223 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹16,999
  3. Apple iPhone SE (Silver, 32 GB)
    Apple iPhone SE (Silver, 32 GB)
    4.55,587 Ratings & 697 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹17,999
    ₹26,00030% off
  4. Apple iPhone SE (Space Grey, 32 GB)Apple iPhone SE (Space Grey, 32 GB)
    4.562,159 Ratings & 8,223 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹17,999
    ₹26,00030% off
  5. Apple iPhone 6 (Gold, 32 GB)
    4.455,854 Ratings & 6,239 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    11.94 cm (4.7 inch) Retina HD Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    A8 Chip with 64-bit Architecture and M8 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹22,999
    ₹30,78025% offUp to ₹14,900 Off on Exchange
    EMI starting from ₹764/month
  6. Apple iPhone 6 (Space Grey, 32 GB)Apple iPhone 6 (Space Grey, 32 GB)
    4.455,854 Ratings & 6,239 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    11.94 cm (4.7 inch) Retina HD Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A8 64-bit processor and M8 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹22,999
    ₹30,78025% off
  7. Apple iPhone 6 (Space Grey, 16 GB)Apple iPhone 6 (Space Grey, 16 GB)
    4.472,488 Ratings & 9,298 Reviews
    16 GB ROM |
    11.94 cm (4.7 inch) Retina HD Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A8 64-bit processor and M8 Motion Co-processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹23,999
    ₹36,99035% off
  8. Apple iPhone 6s (Silver, 32 GB)Apple iPhone 6s (Silver, 32 GB)
    4.44,745 Ratings & 610 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    11.94 cm (4.7 inch) Retina HD Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 5MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹26,999
    ₹29,9009% off
  9. Apple iPhone 6s (Gold, 32 GB)Apple iPhone 6s (Gold, 32 GB)
    4.413,566 Ratings & 1,499 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    11.94 cm (4.7 inch) Retina HD Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 5MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹26,999
    ₹29,9009% off
  10. Apple iPhone 6s (Rose Gold, 32 GB)Apple iPhone 6s (Rose Gold, 32 GB)
    4.513,810 Ratings & 1,402 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    11.94 cm (4.7 inch) Retina HD Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 5MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹26,999
    ₹29,9009% off
  11. Apple iPhone 6s (Space Grey, 32 GB)Apple iPhone 6s (Space Grey, 32 GB)
    4.522,358 Ratings & 2,292 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    11.94 cm (4.7 inch) Retina HD Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 5MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹26,999
    ₹29,9009% off
  12. Apple IPhone 4 (White, 8 GB)Apple IPhone 4 (White, 8 GB)
    4430 Ratings & 68 Reviews
    8 GB ROM |
    8.89 cm (3.5 inch) NA Display
    5MP Rear Camera | 0.3MP Front Camera
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹13,999
    ₹22,90038% off
  13. Apple iPhone 5C (White, 8 GB)Apple iPhone 5C (White, 8 GB)
    4.3362 Ratings & 42 Reviews
    8 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    A6 Chip Processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹14,999
  14. Apple iPhone 5C (Blue, 8 GB)Apple iPhone 5C (Blue, 8 GB)
    4.3126 Ratings & 19 Reviews
    8 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    A6 Chip Processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹14,999
  15. Apple iPhone 5s (Gold, 16 GB)
    COMING SOONApple iPhone 5s (Gold, 16 GB)
    4.34,178 Ratings & 667 Reviews
    16 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A7 64-bit processor and M7 Motion Co-processor
    1 Year for Mobile & Accessories
    ₹14,999
    ₹35,00057% off
  16. Apple iPhone 5s (Silver, 16 GB)Apple iPhone 5s (Silver, 16 GB)
    4.321,597 Ratings & 2,648 Reviews
    16 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A7 64-bit processor and M7 Motion Co-processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹15,999
    ₹25,00036% off
  17. Apple iPhone SE (Space Grey, 16 GB)Apple iPhone SE (Space Grey, 16 GB)
    4.21,046 Ratings & 220 Reviews
    16 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹16,999
    ₹26,99937% offUp to ₹14,900 Off on Exchange
    EMI starting from ₹565/month
  18. Apple iPhone SE (Gold, 16 GB)Apple iPhone SE (Gold, 16 GB)
    4.1873 Ratings & 178 Reviews
    16 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹16,999
    ₹26,99937% off
  19. Apple iPhone SE (Rose Gold, 16 GB)Apple iPhone SE (Rose Gold, 16 GB)
    4.31,033 Ratings & 207 Reviews
    16 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹16,999
  20. Apple iPhone SE (Silver, 16 GB)Apple iPhone SE (Silver, 16 GB)
    4.2378 Ratings & 82 Reviews
    16 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹16,999
    ₹26,99937% off
  21. Apple iPhone SE (Gold, 64 GB)Apple iPhone SE (Gold, 64 GB)
    3.9249 Ratings & 76 Reviews
    64 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹19,999
    ₹43,99954% off
  22. Apple IPhone 4 (Black, 8 GB)
    4540 Ratings & 107 Reviews
    8 GB ROM |
    8.89 cm (3.5 inch) NA Display
    5MP Rear Camera | 0.3MP Front Camera
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹20,824
    EMI starting from ₹692/month
  23. Apple iPhone 5C (Pink, 8 GB)Apple iPhone 5C (Pink, 8 GB)
    444 Ratings & 9 Reviews
    8 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    A6 Chip Processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹22,199EMI starting from ₹738/month
  24. Apple iPhone 5s (Space Grey, 16 GB)Apple iPhone 5s (Space Grey, 16 GB)
    4.431,675 Ratings & 3,947 Reviews
    16 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A7 64-bit processor and M7 Motion Co-processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹25,000Up to ₹14,900 Off on Exchange
  25. Apple iPhone 5C (Yellow, 32 GB)Apple iPhone 5C (Yellow, 32 GB)
    1.614 Ratings & 5 Reviews
    32 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    A6 Chip Processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹25,999
  26. Apple iPhone 6 (Gold, 64 GB)Apple iPhone 6 (Gold, 64 GB)
    4.5713 Ratings & 72 Reviews
    64 GB ROM |
    11.94 cm (4.7 inch) Retina HD Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    A8 Chip with 64-bit Architecture and M8 Motion Co-processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹25,999
    ₹62,50058%
  27. Apple iPhone 6 (Silver, 64 GB)Apple iPhone 6 (Silver, 64 GB)
    4.6434 Ratings & 47 Reviews
    64 GB ROM |
    11.94 cm (4.7 inch) Retina HD Display
    8MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    A8 Chip with 64-bit Architecture and M8 Motion Co-processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹25,999
    ₹44,99942% off
  28. Apple iPhone SE (Space Grey, 128 GB)Apple iPhone SE (Space Grey, 128 GB)
    4.562,159 Ratings & 8,223 Reviews
    128 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹27,799
  29. Apple iPhone SE (Silver, 128 GB)Apple iPhone SE (Silver, 128 GB)
    4.562,159 Ratings & 8,223 Reviews
    128 GB ROM |
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Retina Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    Apple A9 64-bit processor and Embedded M9 Motion Co-processor
    Brand Warranty of 1 Year
    ₹28,490
  30. Apple iPhone SE (Gold, 128 GB)Apple iPhone SE (Gold, 128 GB)
    4.5176 Ratings & 29 Reviews
    2 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 0
    10.16 cm (4 inch) Display
    12MP Rear Camera | 1.2MP Front Camera
    A9 Chip with 64-bit Architecture and M9 Motion Co-processor
    1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
    ₹28,490

The 2007 iPhone will cost you 15 times more than the iPhone X

The iPhone X will cost $999. But there are some people who have held onto their original version — with good reason. It could cost you 10 times the price of the iPhone X, which Apple AAPL, -1.21%  released Friday.

Some first edition iPhones are more valuable than others. Bob Kraft, a retired business owner in Madison, Wisc., received an offer of $11,000 for an unopened iPhone that came in a factory gift box from Apple with a red ribbon — and he turned it down. His asking price was $15,000. “That was tempting,” he says. “But I’m not in a hurry to sell it.” He’s one of at least a dozen sellers of the 2007 iPhone who is hoping to make hay from the 10th anniversary of the iconic smartphone. He has discounted the phone from $18,000, the price he first listed it for on eBay about five months ago. He’s hoping a collector will see value in the original. “If you open it, it’s only worth a couple of bucks.”

Also see: Has Apple lost the plot with the $1,000 iPhone X?

The iPhone first went on sale on June 29, 2007. Some people have held onto it because they’re sentimental, while others are hoping to make thousands of dollars from their unopened first edition. Jobs announced that he would reinvent the phone and, despite skepticism from his rivals and stiff competition from BlackBerry BB, -2.39% Apple’s AAPL, -1.21%  co-founder and former chief executive — who died in 2011 — created a multi-billion-dollar blockbuster. “An iPod, a phone, and an internet communicator,” Jobs said at his 2007 presentation. “These are not three separate devices, this is one device.” He added, “What we want do is make a leapfrog product that is way smarter than any mobile device has ever been, and super-easy to use.”

‘I do still have my original iPhone and it’s still in great working condition. It will always hold a special place in my heart.’

—Brant DeBow, executive vice president of technology for BiTE interactive

Sarah Jacobs, an associate visual features editor, refuses to recycle her 2007 iPhone and was using it up until just a couple of years ago. “Even though I’ve recycled every other iPhone I’ve owned, there’s something about the original that keeps me hanging on as though one day it might be worth money.” And it is — at least, that’s what collectors are hoping. The original, unopened 2007 iPhone is selling for anything from $3,500 to $20,000 on eBay EBAY, +0.19%  Contrast this with owners of used 2007 iPhones. They sell for a meager 75 cents (and resell for a paltry $1.25) and, Morgan MacArthur, chief technology officer at price-comparison company Flipsy, says there’s no demand for them. (Apple did not respond to request for comment on the resale market for the original iPhone or sales of iPhone 7.)

Also see: How your iPhone could save your life

Ten years is a long time in smartphone technology. The first generation iPhone, which cost $499 for a 4-gigabtye model and $599 for an 8-gigabyte model, was a major upgrade for people using flip phones. Those flips could text, email and access the internet, but not do much more than that. The 2007 iPhone also has a shorter battery life, less sophisticated camera, is not hot-wired for the faster 4G wireless networks, does not play many new apps and does not have Siri, the voice-activated search engine. And yet some folk are unwilling to part with it. “I do, in fact, still have my original iPhone and it’s still in great working condition,” says Brant DeBow, executive vice president of technology for BiTE interactive. “It will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the phone that kicked off our company.” (His company makes apps.) He recently bought an iPhone 7, although his favorite video game is only available on his 2007 version.

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The superlatives Apple uses for each phone are only matched by the upgrades. Last year, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said, “iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dramatically improve every aspect of the iPhone experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this the best iPhone we have ever made.” Sound familiar? In 2013, he hailed the iPhone 5S as “the most forward-thinking phone we have ever created.” He said as much about the iPhone 5: “Never before have we built a product with this extraordinary level of fit and finish.” Before that, the iPhone 4S was called “the most amazing iPhone yet.” And before that, the iPhone 4 was, to quote Jobs, “the most beautiful thing we have ever made.”

But upgrading to older models and slower growth in the iPhone 6S has caused a slowdown in Apple revenue, analysts say. Earlier this year, numerous analyst reports suggested that the iPhone was running into production issues, which could delay shipments. Kevin Rieffel, an attorney who lives near Philadelphia, is one customer who still has his original 2007 iPhone in a desk drawer, but has so far resisted the lure of even the iPhone 7. “I’ve upgraded at least once since 2014 to the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus,” he says. “I’m partial to the bigger screen, faster wireless data and better battery life.”

For aficionados like Rieffel, the 2007 iPhone may not be the smartest or fastest, but it’s still the best.

5 Best premium smartphones under Rs 30,000

5 Best premium smartphones under Rs 30,000

OnePlus 3

Featuring a gorgeous full metal unibody design, OnePlus 3 finally doesn’t just pack flagship level specifications, but also looks the part.

OnePlus has truly gone all out with the OnePlus 3, packing Snapdragon’s most powerful processor – the 820, 6GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery and 64GB internal storage.

Additionaly, the OnePlus 3 packs a 5.5-inch full HD ‘Optic’ AMOLED display, runs on Oxygen OS running atop Android Marshmallow and on the imaging side, features a 16MP rear camera with a Sony PDAF sensor and a 8MP front camera.

Realizing its mistakes, the company has packed NFC and QuickCharging (Dash Charge, in OnePlus speak), both of which were missing in the OnePlus 2, in the One Plus 3. Basically, we have everything and the kitchen sink packed in a gorgeous and svelte chassis.

Also read: OnePlus 3 review

Xiaomi Mi 5

Until the launch of the OnePlus 3, the Xiaomi Mi 5 was considered the best handset in its price range. However, even today the Mi 5 is an extremely competent smartphone and is worth the buy.

It features a 5.15-inch fullHD display, a 1,3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 16MP rear camera, with optical image stabilization and a 4MP wide-angle front camera. On the software front, the device runs on Xiaomi’s own MIUI 7 running atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 supports 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG and comes with a USB Type C port for charging and data transfer.

Also read: Xiaomi Mi 5 review

Asus Zenfone 3

Asus recently unveiled the Zenfone 3 in India and it is a comprehensive refresh over the old Zenfone 2.

It features a 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU clocked at 2GHz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 5.5-inch fullHD display and a 3,000mAh battery.

On the imaging front, the smartphone comes with a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser autofocus and OIS and an 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture and wide-angle lens.

The device supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, GPS/A-GPS and comes with a USB Type C port for charging and data transfer. The Zenfone 3 will be available on leading e-commerce websites starting August 17 and is priced at Rs 21,999.

 LeEco LeMax 2

The LeEco Le Max 2 is an overhaul of the LeEco Le Max and features a similar all metal design, a quad-core 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 820 processor paired with an Adreno 530 GPU, 21+8 MP cameras, 64/32GB of internal storage and 6/4GB of RAM.

The USP of the phone lies in it’s ‘revolutionary’ CDLA audio technology, 5-7-inch 2K IPS display, 6GB RAM and the company’s ecosystem-based LeEco membership program

In line with LeEco’s ‘disruptive pricing’ policy, the Le Max 2 has been priced at an incredibly competitive Rs 22,999 for the 4GB RAM + 32GB internal storage variant and Rs 29,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage model.

The lack of a headphone jack though might be a deal breaker for some.

Also read: LeEco LeMax 2 hands-on review

Huawei Honor 7

The Huawei Honor 7 comes with an octa-core processor, a choice between 16GB and 64GB of storage and 3GB of RAM, for just Rs 22,999, with a fingerprint scanner and 20-megapixel camera sweetening the deal even further.

The handset packs a 5.2-inch full-HD IPS NEO LCD screen with a pixel density of 423 ppi along with a 3,100mAh battery, expandable storage (up to 128GB) and a 2.2GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 935 processor.

On the imaging front, the smartphone comes with a 20MP rear camera with a scratch-resistant sapphire lens, phase detection autofocus and a dual LED flash and an 8MP secondary camera with a single LED flash.

The device supports 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS/A-GPS. It comes with Huawei’s own Emotion UI running atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow (after an OTA update).

Is the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 around the corner?

Is the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 around the corner?

Canon EOS Rebel SL2

Is the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 about to update the company’s entry-level DSLR portfolio? If the rumors are true, that’s the next new camera we’ll be seeing from the Japanese camera giant.

Camera-leaking website Nokishita has claimed that a camera that was previously registered with the radio wave authority with the code ‘DS126761’ will be the EOS Rebel SL3.

The camera is said to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and uses the LP E17 battery, which is currently employed by the EOS 200D / Rebel SL2, in addition to the EOS 77D, the EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera, and M-series cameras.

There’s no official word from Canon itself, and there doesn’t appear to be any further evidence to back this up, but Nokishita has a good track record of breaking details of upcoming cameras.

A long time coming

The model would likely replace the EOS 200D / Rebel SL2, which Canon introduced in June 2017 at the same time as the full-frame EOS 6D Mark II. Two years is a long time for an entry-level camera to be on the market, and pressure on Canon increased last year, as Nikon found time to release a more up-to-date D3500 challenger.

Canon has only released two DSLRs since then, the EOS Rebel T100 / EOS 4000Dand EOS 2000D / EOS Rebel T7, although it also recently launched its EOS R system, and continues to develop its EOS M line. It has, however, pledged to continue developing its DSLR line, and there’s no reason to doubt that claim as its junior DSLRs are still big sellers.

One issue is what the camera would be called in the UK. Having already launched the EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 and the EOS 200D / Rebel SL2, convention dictates that the next model would be christened the EOS 300D – although this DSLR already exists.

The Canon EOS 300D, which was also known as the Kiss Digital and Digital Rebel, was launched in 2003, and is best known for being the first DSLR to be priced at under $1,000. So, we could potentially see this newcomer being called the EOS 250D or similar – if, indeed, it does arrive.

Canon’s last big reveal was the EOS RP, a budget full-frame mirrorless camera and the second model in its new EOS R system. The company is currently developing six new lenses for the system.

Sony A9 finally gets its Real Time Tracking boost through v5.0 firmware

Sony A9 finally gets its Real-Time Tracking boost through v5.0 firmware

Sony has finally made its version 5.0 firmware update available to owners of its A9 mirrorless camera.

The update’s main focus is the newly-developed Real-time Tracking AF mode, which uses machine-learning-based object recognition to identify and follow moving subjects, even if they turn away from the camera or are temporarily obstructed in some way.

The new technology also strengthens the popular existing Eye AF feature, now dubbed Real-time Eye AF. With the update installed, the camera is now said to lock onto an eye with a half-press of the shutter, which makes assigning the Eye AF to a separate control unnecessary (although it’s still possible to do so).

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Sony has also introduced a new AF Area Circulation setting that’s said to make it easier to quickly shift the focusing point between the upper, lower, left and right sides of the frame, which is potentially useful if the subject quickly moves between one side and the other.

Better image quality too

The update also ushers in several further changes to operation, such as a Touch Pad AF feature that allows for the focus point to be selected on the rear display when using the electronic viewfinder.

There’s also a new My Dial menu, which provides custom control over the front and rear command dials in addition to the control wheel, among other things. Elsewhere, the camera can switch from one memory card to another when the first card fills up, and the user will also be able to rate images in-camera.

Image quality is also said to be improved, thanks to changes to image processing that reduce shifts in white balance between images captured in succession. A new Transfer & Tagging application, which permits FTP background transfer to a mobile or tablet while you’re still shooting and allows for IPTC data to be embedded within metadata is also now enabled.

Sony Version 6.0 update on its way

The new update will be followed in the summer by version 6.0, which will add two new features.

The first is an extension to the autofocusing enhancements in version 5.0, namely a Real-time Animal AF option, which promises subject detection and eye tracking of animals. The camera will also get a new Interval Timer, which will be part of a wider Interval menu tab.

If you’re lucky enough to own an A9, you can head over to the firmware page on Sony’s website to get the update now.

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Sony Xperia L3 review

Sony Xperia L3 review

  • A dual-lens camera
  • A 5.7-inch screen and a basic chipset

The Sony Xperia L3 is practical rather than ambitious. It has a notch-free 5.7-inch 720 x 1440 screen, an all-plastic build and a capable enough but entry-level MediaTek Helio P22 chipset.

This is not a phone out to offer the best of anything. It just needs to perform well enough to keep most budget buyers happy.

Those who currently use a cheap phone that is getting on a bit may not have tried all its extras first-hand, though. The Sony Xperia L3 has a fingerprint scanner on its side and dual cameras on its back.

There’s no zoom or wide-angle view here, just a lower-quality depth sensor that lets you take photos with ‘bokeh’ background blur. The Sony Xperia L3 also has 32GB of storage, double that of some older cheap phones.

It doesn’t earn any glory for this, though. Unless you’re on an even tighter budget, there’s no reason to buy an Android phone with less than 32GB of storage anymore.

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Design

  • 154 x 72 x 8.9mm, 156g
  • Plastic back and sides

Constant, rapid progression: it’s seen as the natural state for phones. However, as phone prices increase and the market threatens to contract for the first time, real tech heads will notice elements that seem to stagnate or even regress at a certain price.

For those upgrading from a phone two years old or more, you’ll notice instantly the Sony Xperia L3 has a taller screen than your current phone. This is an 18:9 screen, a shape we got used to so quickly, that 16:9 phones now look archaic.

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However, compare it to the Moto G5, which cost around the same price at launch two years ago, and the Sony Xperia L3 can seem a step back. First, this is an all-plastic phone. Its back looks like glass but isn’t. The sides look like anodized aluminum, but are not.

This does not look or feel like an expensive phone. The 2.5D front glass is the one touch of class, and it is an effective one, gathering reflections into a thin band around its border. Few affordable phones look cheap and nasty these days, and the Sony Xperia L3 is not one of them. From the front, at least.

The side fingerprint scanner is also similar to that of some of Sony’s older, more expensive Xperias. It’s an oblong, and when set up it can be used instead of a power button. As it’s just a pad rather than a button, there’s a separate power button just above it.

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This is a little awkward. As the fingerprint scanner can be used with the screen off, you’ll only use the actual power button when you want to turn the Sony Xperia L3 off completely. However, not everyone wants to use a fingerprint scanner.

This dual button/pad arrangement shifts the volume rocker unusually low, which may be a pain if you want to use the Sony Xperia L3 in a car dashboard mount. It’s an odd layout, but you’ll find the same layout on the pricier Sony Xperia 10 too.

Like other fingerprint scanners in entry-level models, there’s a fractional delay before it unlocks the phone and the pad does not like moist fingers. But it’s actually no slower than the in-screen scanner of the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Screen

  • Extra-tall 5.7-inch 720 x 1440 LCD screen
  • Poor display customization
  • Only acceptable max brightness

Screen resolution is the other area where the Sony Xperia L3 can seem behindsome budget phones several years old. It has a 720p screen, 1440 x 720 pixels total.

If your current phone has a Full HD screen, the Sony Xperia L3 will look significantly less sharp. Small icon fonts appear less clean. Pixelation is visible. However, as with other recent 720p phones like the Moto G7 Power, we’re surprised by how easy this lower sharpness is to bed into.

Consider an upgrade to something like the Huawei P Smart (2019) or Honor 10 Lite if you want a genuinely sharp display.

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The Sony Xperia L3 does not have the brightest display in its class either. You’ll notice this most if, say, you try to watch a video on the train while sunlight streams through the window, or go outside to take pictures on a sunny day. Motorola’s Moto G7 Power handles high ambient light levels better.

Its display controls are fairly poor too. Many other recent Xperia phones have several color modes you can choose from. The Sony Xperia L3 has RGB color temperature sliders that are about as intuitive as the tracking controls on a VCR.

To those under 35 who have no idea what those are, be thankful such unintuitive things have, mostly, been booted out of existence.

The Sony Xperia L3’s screen is fine, but not remarkable in any respect bar its sheer length. This is an 18:9 display, one as tall as that of phones with notches, but without a notch.