KSA: Extra official launched iPhone X in Saudi Arabia

Extra held the launch event in Granada Mall last Friday, 3rd of November.

I was there but I didn’t realize that the stage was for the iPhone X launch, because we where at the back of the stage and never bothered to check what the event was all about.

Extra’s pricelist for the iPhone X are as follows; SAR 4,399 for the 64 GB model and SAR 4,999 for the 256 GB model. That’s around Php 60k and Php68k in Philippine pesos, respectively.

Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to a robot

Olivia Cuthbert, writing for Arab News;

A humanoid robot took the stage at the Future Investment Initiative yesterday and had an amusing exchange with the host to the delight of hundreds of delegates.

Smartphones were held aloft as Sophia, a robot designed by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, gave a presentation that demonstrated her capacity for human expression.

Sophia made global headlines when she was granted Saudi citizenship, making the kingdom the first country in the world to offer its citizenship to a robot.

Change is coming?!

Huawei Mate 10 now available for Pre-order in Saudi Arabia

For expats and residents, Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 is now available for pre-order in Saudi Arabia. You can preorder it from Axiom, Souq, Extra, Jarir Bookstore and Lulu for SAR 2,299.

Huawei Mate 10 Specs;

  • 5.9″ FullView LCD Display, 16:9 AR, 2560 x 1440 resolution @ 499 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
  • HUAWEI Kirin 970 Octa-Core CPU (4*Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz) with Neural Network Processing Unit
  • i7 co-processor
  • Mali G72MP12 GPU
  • Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM2)
  • Dual Leica Camera: 20MP Monochrome + 12MP RGB, f/1.6, OIS (Optical Image Stablisation), BSI CMOS, Dual-LED Flash, PDAF, CAF, Laser, Depth Auto Focus, 4K Video Recording
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, UMTS(WCDMA)/HSPA + /DC-HSDPA, TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE
  • Dual SIM Support
  • GPS/Glonass/BDS
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • NFC, BT4.2, support BLE
  • Support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD Audio
  • USB Type C
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Barometer, Infrared Remote Control
  • IP53 Splash resistance
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Dimension: 150.5 mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm
  • Weight: 186 grams
  • Colors:Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold

Internet video calling apps to be unblocked next week in Saudi Arabia

Arab News;

Internet voice and video calling apps such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp will be unblocked in Saudi Arabia from next week.

Coordination between the Communications and Information Technology Commission and telecommunications service providers is under way to enable everyone to benefit from applications that provide voice and video communications over the Internet, said Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawahah, the minister of Communications and Information Technology.

VoIP apps like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp have been blocked in the Kingdom for more than 4 years now.