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As reported by CNET, Huawei arrived at the Singapore outlet at 11 pm local time the night before the store started selling the new iPhones. The Chinese firm handed out its power banks to the waiting customers, which it said was to "offer respite from the weather and grueling wait."
While giving away 10,000mAh power banks might seem like an altruistic gesture on Huawei’s part—definitely something people standing outside for hours would appreciate—it appears that the firm’s main goal was taking a dig at Apple. Printed on the packaging of these devices were the words: “Here’s a power bank. You’ll need it. Courtesy of Huawei.”
Huawei has been promoting its triple-camera P20 Pro recently. Not only is the handset one of the best phones you can buy right now, but it’s also several hundred dollars cheaper than Apple’s pricey iPhone XS and XS Max. One of the most praised features of the P20 Pro is its 4,000 mAh battery unit, which has been described as offering “Epic” all-day battery life.
August saw two separate industry analysts reveal that Huawei had replaced Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor. We’ll soon find out if the latest iPhones have helped Apple reclaim the spot.
In other iPhone launch-related news, UK-owned company Deliveroo was taking orders and delivering food to those waiting outside Apple’s stores in locations around the world, ensuring that no hungry customers lost their place. The option was available in 12 countries, but the US wasn’t one of them.