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iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR now available for purchase in Nepal

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Apple launched three new iPhones in the mid of September, namely iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max & iPhone XR. With the most powerful chipset on the board and with the capable cameras inside, the phone gained a lot of hype in the tech world. But most of the Nepali tech enthusiasts were yet to taste its sweetness since the phones were not available in Nepal. Better late than never, the phones have finally arrived in the Nepali market.

iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR Overview

iPhone XS looks identical to the iPhone X when it comes looks and design. The phone has the same display size of 5.8-inch. It also comes with the same size of the notch and shares the same form factor. But unlike the traditional iPhones, iPhone XS Max features a mammoth 6.5-inch display valiantly boasting a notch. Both of the phones use Super AMOLED panels in their display, which, Apple likes to call it a Super Retina display. As the displays on both the phones will have Super AMOLED display, the screen can deliver contents with deep blacks, rich colors and strong contrast ratio.

But unlike the XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR, the least expensive of the bunch features a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display. Also, the XR has low resolution with a pixel density of merely 326 PPI. So the XR won’t be as sharp and vibrant as the XS and XS Max.

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On the performance front, all the new iPhones have got the biggest upgrade over its predecessor mainly because of the Apple A12 Bionic chip. This Hexa-core A12 Bionic chip is the industry’s first 7nm chipset. The processor is also aided by 4GB of RAM on the XS and XS Max. However, there is just 3GB of RAM on the XR. On the storage front, users will have three variants to choose from. Users can buy the XS an XS Max in the 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB memory format. In the case of iPhone XR, it is 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

On the camera front, both the iPhone XS and XS Max features a dual camera setup at the back and the hardware setup seen on these newbies is indifferent to its predecessor. The camera duo features a pair of 12MP sensors: one has a wide-angle lens of f/1.8 and another with a telephoto lens of f/2.4. But talking about the iPhone XR, there is just a single camera of 12MP equipped with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) just like the iPhone 8. Despite the lack of dual camera, XR can still capture Portrait images due to the software intelligence. On the front camera, a 7MP selfie camera resides comfortably on the display notch all the new iPhones.

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The new iPhones are also resistant to dust and water. iPhone XR is IP67 certified whereas the iPhone XS and XS Max are IP68 certified. All of the iPhones is equipped with stereo speakers to better sound output from the phone. There is also the fancy wireless charging feature provided on all these handsets.

iPhone XS Specifications:

  • Display: 5.8 inches Super AMOLED with Scratch-resistant glass
  • Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels, 458PPI pixel density
  • OS: iOS 12
  • Chipset: Apple A12 Bionic, 7nm mobile platform
  • CPU: Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB internal storage, No microSD card slot
  • Rear Camera: Dual camera – (12MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF) + (12MP, f/2.4, telephoto lens, 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom f/2.4, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom), Quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Front Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC (Apple Pay only), 3G, 4G LTE, USB 2.0 proprietary reversible connector
  • Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Battery: 2658mAh non-removable battery; Fast Charging (50% in 30 minutes), Qi Wireless charging
  • Other Features: No 3.5mm headphone Jack, IP68 Certified (Water and Dust resistant), Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant, stereo sound, 4K video recording up to 60fps & 1080P video recording up to 240fps
  • Color Options: Space Grey, Silver, Gold

iPhone XS Max Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5 inches Super AMOLED with Scratch-resistant glass
  • Resolution: 1242 x 2688 pixels, 458PPI pixel density
  • OS: iOS 12
  • Chipset: Apple A12 Bionic, 7nm mobile platform
  • CPU: Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB internal storage, No microSD card slot
  • Rear Camera: Dual camera – (12MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF) + (12MP, f/2.4, telephoto lens, 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom f/2.4, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom), Quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Front Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC (Apple Pay only), 3G, 4G LTE, USB 2.0 proprietary reversible connector
  • Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Battery: 3174mAh non-removable battery; Fast Charging (50% in 30 minutes), Qi Wireless charging
  • Other Features: No 3.5mm headphone Jack, IP68 Certified (Water and Dust resistant), Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant, stereo sound, 4K video recording up to 60fps & 1080P video recording up to 240fps
  • Color Options: Space Grey, Silver, Gold

iPhone XR Specifications:

  • Display: 6.1 inches IPS LCD with Scratch-resistant glass
  • Resolution: 828 x 1792 pixels, 326PPI pixel density
  • OS: iOS 12
  • Chipset: Apple A12 Bionic, 7nm mobile platform
  • CPU: Hexa-core (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest)
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB internal storage, No microSD card slot
  • Rear Camera: 12MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF, Quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Front Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC (Apple Pay only), 3G, 4G LTE, USB 2.0 proprietary reversible connector
  • Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Battery: 2942mAh non-removable battery; Fast Charging (50% in 30 minutes), Qi Wireless charging
  • Other Features: No 3.5mm headphone Jack, IP67 Certified (Water and Dust resistant), Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant, stereo sound, 4K video recording up to 60fps & 1080P video recording up to 240fps
  • Color Options: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Coral, Blue

Also Read: iPhones’ Latest price in Nepal

iPhone XR, iPhone Xs and Xs Max Price in Nepal

Model International Price (in Dollars)  Price in Nepal (Rs.)
iPhone XR 64GB 749 119,500
iPhone XR 128GB 799 129,500
iPhone XR 256GB 899 145,800
iPhone Xs 64GB 999 162,000
iPhone Xs 256GB 1,149 186,000
iPhone Xs 512GB 1,349 218,000
iPhone Xs Max 64GB 1,099 178,000
iPhone Xs Max 256GB 1,249 202,000
iPhone Xs Max 512GB 1,449 234,000

[Note: Nepali Prices last updated on December 6, 2018]

Verdict

These new iPhones are available for purchase and the price for each iPhone is mentioned in the table above. They can be purchased from different retailer spread all over Nepal. Here is the list of all the official retail stores of Apple products in Nepal.

Also, the thing that comes into the talk is its price. Just by looking at the price difference (the difference between the price in Nepal and price of the phone after direct conversion from the international price), you can see it being brutally overpriced. But that’s not all. With all the money you are spending, there is nothing much extra that would justify the price. You won’t be getting the Breakage Insurance which you can get in the smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Note 9Nonetheless, there is Ncell’s data Package of 2GB/week for nine weeks straight making it a total of 18GB. That may do a little bit of consolation.