Apple’s new devices — viz. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max — with unprecedented hardware has finally arrived in Nepal, albeit late. And like usual, the prices are skyrocketed (which we’ll talk about later).
Firstly, let’s get started with the iPhone 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max. Apple’s persistence in calling them ‘Pro’ is somewhat justifiable, thanks to the phone’s capable hardware, mainly the camera. But both device doesn’t push to such ‘Pro’ level extent that it replaces the current-gen iPad Pros and MacBook Pros.
Both phones borrow the same screen sizes from the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max — that is 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch, though it comes in a bold ‘midnight green’ color option. Also, the screen is no longer called Super Retina but it is now known by ‘Super Retina XDR’ — just a fancy name for an OLED display, which outputs 1,200 nits of brightness and 15 percent more efficiency.
Combining with Apple’s new A13 Bionic chipset, which focuses more on efficiency than power, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max deliver four and five hours more battery life than its respective predecessors. More importantly, this time, the phone ships with an 18W fast charger out of the box.
Apart from that, Apple’s main focus this time has been on both phones’ cameras. The telephoto lens (12MP, f/2.0) — which captures up to 40 percent more light — and primary camera (12MP, f/1.8) are now hand shaken by a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor (120-degree field of view) letting you capture images from three different perspectives; it even lets you capture from all three sensors at the same time. Add to that, the phone gets Apple’s new high-key monochrome mode and a night mode to be in contention with Google’s Pixel lineup.
Similarly, the video front also gets a proper update. Along with being able to change between multiple perspectives on the go — at 4K 60fps — the phone outputs an improved dynamic range videos. On top of that, you can now edit videos all from Apple’s own built-in video editing suite. Also, the front-facing 12MP camera can now shoot both 4K and slow-motion videos which Apple likes to call ‘Slofies’.
It also gets Apple’s new computational photography feature entitled “Deep Fusion”, which captures nine images: four short images, four secondary images, and one long exposure. It uses machine learning to combine those images into a single image, post-production, that offers much more detail and less noise.
Some other noticeable features include FaceID, which now works at more angles, WiFi 6, new Dolby Atmos stereo speakers and an 18W fast charger.
About the non ‘Pro’ variant — the iPhone 11. The phone carries similar hardware, while the screen size remains at 6.1-inch with 720p resolution; similar to iPhone XR. Being an LCD display — or so-called Liquid Retina Display — the phone also loses the ‘Super Retina XDR’ screen, instead, it offers a true-tone display with a bit more color accuracy.
The iPhone 11 gets a similar camera to the ‘Pro’ variant but overlooks the telephoto camera. The rest of the specs are almost similar with no real differentiating factors, except the price.
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max Price in Nepal and Availability
The iPhone 11 is quite a piece of engineering and by far the most complete Apple device we have seen. But the prices in the Nepali market, like usual, are exorbitant which is no real surprise.
To get into the business, starting with the iPhone 11 (the non-Pro one): the 64GB variant will cost you NPR 1,10,000, 128GB is priced at NPR 1,18,300 and the 256GB variant will go on sale for NPR 1,34,000. As for the iPhone 11 Pro, the 64GB variant will set you back NPR 1,57,250, the 256GB carries a price tag of NPR 1,80,900, whilst the 512GB variant goes for NPR 2,11,800. Finally the Pro Max variant, the 64GB can be bought for NPR 1,72,800, the 256GB costs NPR 1,96,600 and the maxed out 512GB is priced at a whopping NPR 2,27,400.
All these phones are now available for purchase in Nepal through authorized retailers, including Future World Nepal. There’s also some value added to your purchase as the first 200 buyers will get a free Belkin 10W wireless charger, while all users will get a free 1000MB Ncell for 12 weeks.