The Apple iPhone 11 has just been announced - and while there's bound to be a media furore over the coming days about all the new tools and features, there are some phones already on the market that have all this and more. To get the best bang for your buck, we've pulled together a short list of iPhone 11 killers that you can buy right now.
The wait is finally over. In the early hours of September 11, Apple unveiled its 2019 iPhone range to a throng of rapturous disciples. There are three new models to choose from including the long rumoured "Pro" version and Apple's first stab at an entry-level phone. Here's everything Australian customers need to know, including the prices, specifications and release date.
Better Battery: Samsung Galaxy Note 10
The iPhone 11 launch finally revealed the batteries and it seems like they might be pretty lacklustre, considering what's out there in the market right now. There's been no announcement about the actual battery size of the entry-level iPhone 11, but the XR from last year packed a 2942 mAh and the XS had a 2659 mAh.
While these are decent-sized batteries, with extra features and smartphones getting more use than ever before, 2019 smartphones are usually well over 3000 now. What we do know about the battery from the announcement is that it's supposed to last for one hour longer than the iPhone XR.
Take the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, for example, which has a 3500mAH battery and wireless charging. If you opt for the Note 10+, you'll get a 4300 mAh battery. It's on a similar level in terms of pricing, starting from $1499, but you're getting a few more options included in that price and you'll avoid having a notch.
Here are the best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plans you can get right now:
Samsung has just unveiled its Galaxy Note 10 lineup, due out on August 23, surprising everyone with three separate offerings. Not only will there be a regular Note and jacked up Note 10+, a 5G model will be available too. The phones were announced at a Samsung event in New York City this morning but which one should you get? Let's take a look under the hood to find out what's different.
Better Camera: Huawei P30
Apple's cameras have always been good but they've never been the best in market. The upcoming release is no exception and while it will certainly take crisp photos, the dual lens on the entry level model and triple lens on the Pro and Pro Max are still a little behind, at least on paper. You'll get two 12MP lenses with Wide and Ultra Wide on the iPhone 11 while the Pro and Pro Max, will have three 12MP lenses; Wide, Ultra Wide and Telephoto. All three will have a 12MP selfie cam.
Now compare those specs to the Huawei P30 and realise how average they sound. The P30, Huawei's entry-level version of its latest flagship, comes with a 40MP wide lens, a 16MP ultra wide and a 8MP telephoto. Its professional daddy mode, the P30 Pro, ups the ante with the same specs but a 20MP ultra wide lens instead. Both models come with a ridiculous 32MP selfie cam.
Here are the best Huawei P30 Pro plans you can get right now:
Photography buffs, it's time to get excited. The P30 Pro - AKA Huawei's Quad Camera Leica phone - has officially launched. Boasting a 40-megapixel sensor for improved low-light photography, a 5X optical periscope zoom, an ultra-macro lens, dual optical image stabilisation and a massive 50x digital zoom, it's being billed as the most advanced smartphone camera system ever. We've personally tested it and for once the hype is justified. Here's everything Aussies need to know about the P30 phone range, including specifications, pricing and release date.
5G-Enabled: Oppo Reno 5G
While the iPhone 11 upgrades most aspects compared with the previous models, it's still got one glaring absence. The new additions are left without a 5G-enabled option meaning many who want a new iPhone should probably just wait until next year when Apple's finally ready to tackle a 5G iPhone.
But if what you really want to invest in is a 5G phone, consider the Oppo Reno 5G. It retails for around $1499, which is a tad more than the entry-level iPhone 11 but you'll get 5G, a 48MP rear camera with a 16MP front-facing one, 256GB storage (with a MicroSD slot if you need more) as well as a huge 4065mAh battery. That's a lot more than an iPhone will give you at that price.
You'll save money and you don't need to wait another year for a more expensive Apple alternative.
Here are the best Oppo Reno 5G plans you can get right now:
Oppo's wonderfully eccentric Reno 5G smartphone will be romping into Australia on June 11 - and it's demonstrably faster than any other phone on Telstra's network. Here's everything you need to know, including the specs, download speed, pre-order bonus and price tag.
So, if you're looking at the prices of the iPhone 11 series and wincing, just know it's not your only option.
It's the big Apple day, folks, and I've been here on the ground in Cupertino covering the action. Deep in the Steve Jobs Theatre I got my grubby hands on all three models, including the the iPhone 11 Pro and its tipple-decked rear camera. Here are my first impressions.