Getting paid.

first_imgRobert Solomon is the author of the widely read and well-respected book, The Art of Client Service. He is an executive coach and founder of Solomon Strategic, a marketing consulting firm that helps small business owners and freelancers. You can reach him at robert@solomonstrategic.com.Years ago, well before I left my job in advertising to become an independent consultant, I worked for a Boston-based marketing agency some of you might know as Digitas, where I oversaw a number of client accounts.One day, for reasons too tedious to explain here, I received a letter from the lead contact at one of my largest clients, telling me our agency was fired, effective immediately.After getting over the shock of the news – this wasn’t expected, at least not by me – I realized we were exposed not only in terms of the three months of severance fee we were owed, but also for production costs for which we would be liable were the client to stiff us.Instead of calling our client and begging for another chance – hopeless, I thought — I called our media and production people and asked them to freeze all work in progress, and to physically recover any assets – copy, artwork, mechanicals — we had created.Once my colleagues confirmed we were in possession of the work we created, I picked up the phone.“Nancy (my client), this is Robert; I received your letter. I am very sorry to learn that you want to part ways, but given we are no longer working together, I have asked my media people to freeze all the advertising we placed, and asked my production colleagues to retrieve any work we did on your behalf. I know there are deadlines you want us to meet and there are commitments to be honored, but I assume this is what you would have wanted me to do.”Nancy knew immediately where I was heading with this. “Do you mean our advertising will not run?” she asked.“That’s right,” I replied.There was arctic silence on the other end of the line. I waited.Finally, Nancy asked, her voice quiet, “What do we need to do to get things started again?”“I need you to wire transfer the money we are due for production and media, along with three months of fee payment, which we are owed due to termination. Once I receive payment, I will release all outstanding materials to you, or if you’ve selected a new agency to replace us, to them.”Before she hung up the phone, Nancy’s answer was reduced to one word; that word was, “Fine.”The client sent a check; I learned a lesson about leverage: I had it, she didn’t, which explains why we were paid.In the years since, working in my Solomon Strategic consulting practice, I have abided by this principle. When a client greenlights a project, one of the first things I do is email an invoice, usually with a “due on receipt” notation. I make sure I receive payment while work is still in progress; to ensure I maintain the leverage I need, I do not release any material I am creating until I have a check in hand. Unspoken, but all too apparent, is the point that, if my client wants my work, they need to pay me for it first.To make sure there are no surprises, I write payment terms – often overlooked, by the way, by many freelancers I know — into every letter of proposal I create, using language like this:“I will follow-up by phone later this week, to see if you have any questions or concerns I can address. But if you are comfortable with what I’ve proposed here, you can authorize me to being work with a simple, ‘let’s proceed’ email. I will then issue an invoice and expect payment in advance, by (fill in the date).”With coaching clients, my rules are even stricter: I expect and receive payment upfront. The same is true with workshops I conduct: payment in advance; I will not get on a plane without check in hand.Are there exceptions to this rule? Of course. If I am dealing with a longstanding client, a friend, or both, I will invoice accordingly and trust I will receive payment on a more relaxed schedule. But for everyone else, the rule applies.There is no glory in getting paid, and most freelancers would prefer a root canal without anesthesia rather than telling a client they need their fee prior to beginning work, or soon thereafter, well before they sacrifice whatever leverage they have to secure payment. Sure, all of us worry that asking for money upfront might cause a client to take their business elsewhere. But I, for one, would prefer to lose an assignment upfront, rather than win one where I have to chase money after-the-fact.The next time you are thinking about getting paid, keep in mind these three things:- Leverage matters, and you need to use it to advantage, crafting language that is unambiguously clear but unfailingly diplomatic, so that you minimize the risk of alienating your clients.- Timing is everything; you need to make known, in writing, what your expectations are at the outset of an assignment.- Make exceptions judiciously, based not only on a previous track record, but also on your level of trust.I entered this business because I love advertising and want to help my clients get better at it, not because I wanted to lie awake at night, worrying about getting paid. Whatever business you’re in, I’m fairly certain you share my view that serving as a banker or collection agency to your clients is the last thing on your list of aspirations.The famed advertising executive Bill Bernbach is reported to have said, “You are worth what other people are willing to pay you.” If you are worth the fee you are quoting, if your clients respect your work and trust you to deliver what you say you will deliver, they will find a way to meet your terms. You and your business will be better for it, even if it means forgoing the occasional job you are better off not having.“Easy in theory, hard in practice,” you might argue, “you’re not the one looking for the next assignment.” To this I can only say I’ve been running my coaching and consulting practice for more than 15 years, collecting tens of thousands of dollars in fees, by following that simple rule of leverage.Did I lose an occasional gig as a result? No doubt. Was I better off?I’d say so.last_img read more

4 Reasons to Start Building a Team

first_imgA common freelance question – especially amongst freelancers who’ve been working for a while – is when to find help. Whether you’re considering a subcontractor, or finding a partner, it’s often hard to know if you’re “ready” for another player on your field.Below are 4 simple signs that you might be ready for help – in whatever form that takes!1. You’re consistently turning down work you’d like to takeIf you often find yourself reluctantly saying “no” to promising potential clients just because of logistical concerns, it might be time to find help.Maybe you need a real partner to split work with, or maybe you just need an assistant – someone who can handle minor tasks, and free you up to take on more high-level work.If you’re constantly kicking yourself for turning down great work (and no, that cruddy low-paying uninteresting gig doesn’t count) and your life COULD accommodate more gigs with a little assistance, it’s time to find a helper.2. You’d be able to land higher-level work with a collaboratorMaybe you’re a truly killer copywriter – but you find, time and again, that your clients also want someone who does graphics. Maybe you know your websites would do way better if they also had animation components.If enlisting an expert for select projects (or presenting yourself as part of a team) will help you to land even better, more lucrative gigs, it’s a great invitation to find a collaborator.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member3. Your business will run better with supportSometimes, you just need to outsource a particular portion of your work so the entire operation runs more smoothly. If you find that you’re spending lots of time doing stuff that doesn’t interest you (or which is exceptionally terrible for you) it may be time to hand that over to an expert.For instance, for years I did my own freelance taxes. I hated it, it made me super stressed-out, and I was remarkably inefficient about it. Then, one year, I decided to “gift” myself by handing the whole tax nightmare to an accountant.IT WAS A VERY GOOD DECISION. In one fell swoop, I eliminated a big stressor, made my work more enjoyable, and felt more confident about my taxes.4. You’re curious about collaborationFinally, if you’re interested in finding collaborators… you should probably just go ahead and try it.Listen, the nice thing about outsourcing work or finding a collaborator is that you often don’t have to commit long-term, upfront. You can try out a new partnership (or subcontractor, or assistant) for 1-2 projects, and see how it feels. It may not be quite right; good collaborations are more like good romantic partners than people realize, and chemistry can be a big factor.But it may be a great fit – and NOTHING is better than finding a trusted teammate to bounce ideas off of and work alongside. The MOST rewarding work I have ever done, particularly in creative work, has been formed in collaboration with others.Feeling curious? Go for it – get some help, seek out an expert, find a collaborator. It’s worth the hunt!Check out our Virtual Freelancer Teams Hive to connect with freelancers seeking collaborators.Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

MS Dhoni a good helping hand for Virat Kohli: David Warner to India Today

first_imgDavid Warner said Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been a good helping hand for Virat Kohli, the fiery India captain.”MS Dhoni brought a sense of calmness to his captaincy. He did a great job as captain and he is still doing a great job, nurturing Virat and that is a great thing to do for a former captain,” Warner told India Today’s Boria Majumdar. “He is nurturing Virat and that is a good thing to do for both men.”WATCH FULL VIDEOHowever, Warner said Kohli’s real challenge would come when he goes through a lean patch as captain. After taking over as full-time captain of the limited-overs teams, Kohli has led India to series wins over England, West Indies and Sri Lanka. (Pressure will be on Kuldeep Yadav to perform, not me: David Warner to India Today)Kohli also led India to the final of the Champions Trophy and the hosts currently lead Australia 2-0 in the ongoing ODI series . He has also had plenty of success as Test captain, winning 19 of 29 matches in nearly three years.Reuters Photo”Virat has not had a lot of non-success as captain but the real challenge comes when you start losing games,” Warner said.”The real test comes when you start losing some games. We are here for another three matches to go and hopefully we can turn that around and maybe we will see a different captain,” he said.Warner said Australia were disappointed to lose the Kolkata ODI after restricting a powerful Indian batting line-up to 252 despite a superlative 92 from Kohli and a fluent 55 from Ajinkya Rahane.advertisementIn energy-sapping conditions at the Eden Gardens, Australia did well to pull things back before losing their way with the bat for the second time this week.”We always talked about how if you restrict the Indian team to under 300 in their conditions, you are going a long way to winning the game. We did not get that key partnership in the middle.”The ball was swinging and it was challenging conditions. Bhuvi and Bumrah bowled brilliantly upfront. We lost two early wickets, established a partnership in the middle but did not have that one batsman going on to get a big score,” Warner said, summing up the 50-run defeat.last_img read more

Lionel Messi ends 12-year wait vs Chelsea: ‘He’s not just any player, he’s the best’

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi had to wait 12 years and endure a goal drought of eight games against Chelsea but he finally broke his duck in Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League last 16, first leg draw.The last time Barca played Chelsea, in a semi-final in 2012, Messi whacked a penalty against the bar which allowed the London side to claw their way back to an unlikely win at the Camp Nou.The diminutive Argentine atoned on Tuesday, giving Barcelona a precious away goal as he strode on to a pass from Andres Iniesta in the 75th minute and calmly side-footed the ball home to cancel out Willian’s opener for Chelsea 13 minutes earlier.”For us he is the best player in the world. He’s not just any player,” Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic said of Messi, who has now scored 98 Champions League goals compared to his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s 116 in the competition.”We have a lot of faith in him. We know that what we need to do is free him up as much as possible. And it’s not easy for him, he gets so little space, it’s hard for him.”Tuesday’s Champions League encounter was the ninth time that Messi had faced Chelsea, a run of games stretching back to 2006 when the sides met in the competition’s group stages.That kicked off a series of often epic encounters between the teams in the following six years.Yet even during the 2011/12 season, when Messi scored 73 goals for Barcelona, he failed to find the net in the two games he played against the Londoners.advertisementDespite his record against Chelsea, and the approach of his 31st birthday in June, he looked like Barcelona’s most likely route to goal on Tuesday, finding space in Chelsea’s otherwise disciplined defence and linking up dangerously with Iniesta on several occasions before the pair worked the equaliser.”We see that so often from him, either with his scoring or his passing for goals,” Barca defender Samuel Umtiti told reporters. “In the big matches he makes his mark.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

ICC suspends Pandurang Salgaonkar for 6 months after India Today’s #OperationCricketGate

first_imgThe International Cricket Council has announced a six-month suspension of Maharashtra Cricket Association’s pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar following its investigations over alleged charges of corruption dating back to October 2017.Salgaonkar was caught on India Today’s camera agreeing to manipulate some bounce, some movement and some balance between bat and ball for the second ODI between India and New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium. Following the sting operation, he was barred from entering the ground.WATCHIndia Today, at that point, also been able to confirm that preliminary action will be taken against Salgaoncar, who was a first-class cricketer.After the sting operation, the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) had taken cognizance of India Today’s sting operation on the then Pune pitch curator.”We have carried out an extensive investigation based on the allegations made by India Today and the material they shared with us,” Alex Marshall, the ICC’s general manager, anti-corruption, said in a statement.”I am satisfied that Mr. Salgaonkar has no case to answer on the broad allegations of corruption made by India Today.””However, as he is bound by the ICC Anti-Corruption Code as a participant of the sport, he has been charged with breaching section 2.4.4 of the Code for his failure to report an approach to engage in corrupt conduct. Mr Salgaonkar has accepted that he has committed the offence and has received a six-month suspension.”The expose was made public hours before the second ODI between India and New Zealand which was played in Pune.advertisementBhuvneshwar Kumar (3/45) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/38)restricted New Zealand to 230/9 off their 50 overs. India overhauled the target with six wickets and four overs to spare, thanks to half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik.In November 2017, an ICC team visited the India Today office to collect raw footage of the sting operation. The ICC officials had also met with the two undercover reporters who had carried out the covert operation. The two reporters also explained when and why they became suspicious of Salgaonkar.Before that, Salgaonkar had been questioned by an ICC team at an undisclosed location.last_img read more

WC Qualifier: Afghanistan beat West Indies by 3 wickets

first_imgHarare, Mar 15 (PTI) Afghanistan kept their hopes alive for a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when they defeated the West Indies by three wickets. Afghanistan restricted West Indies to 197 for 8 in 50 overs on a good batting surface and then achieved the target with 14 balls to spare.The feature of Afghanistans win over the West Indies, which gave them a 2-1 lead in four head-to-head matches, was their four-pronged spin attack that included wrist-spinner Rashid Khan, off-spinners Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Rahman, and left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf. The slow bowlers bowled 39 overs between them in which they conceded 138 runs and snapped up seven wickets. Mujeeb was the most successful bowler with three for 33, while Nabi bagged two for 43, including the wicket of Marlon Samuels for his 100th ODI scalp. The slow bowlers were well supported by some outstanding fielding in the deep as the West Indies batsmen tried to break the shackles but only managed to find the alert Afghanistan fields. Shai Hope was the top scorer with 43, while his 50-run fifth wicket partnership with Jason Holder (28) was the highest of the West Indies innings. Afghanistan, in turn, were wobbling at 17 for two but Rehmat Shah (68) first rebuilt the innings with Samiullah Shenwari (27) and then with Nabi (31). But Nabis departure created some panic in the Afghanistan camp as they slipped to 168 for six in the 44th over, but Rashid Khan ensured victory with three wickets for 14 balls to spare by scoring 13 invaluable runs. It was a one-way traffic at the Queens Sports Club after Scotland scored 322 for six and then dismissed the UAE for 249 in 49.4 overs with fast bowler Chris Sole taking four for 68.advertisement The highlight of Scotlands innings was a second career century by Cross in his 40th ODI. The 25-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman scored 114 from 135 balls with five fours and four sixes, adding 161 runs for the second wicket with MacLeod, whose 79-ball 78 included eight fours and a six. Brief Scores (Super Six): West Indies 197/8 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 43, Marlon Samuels 36, Jason Holder 28, Evin Lewis 27; Mujeeb Rahman 3/33, Mohammad Nabi 2/43) Afghanistan 198/7 in 47.4 overs (Rahmat Shah 68, Mohammad Nabi 31, Samiullah Shenwari 27; Jason Holder 3/39, Keemo Paul 2/29). PTI KHS KHS KHSlast_img read more

Performance in South Africa helped me win an A+ contract: Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgStar opener Shikhar Dhawan made it clear that if Indian team intends to do well in upcoming England tour, the preparations for that would need to start early.Indian team’s preparations before the South African tour was panned by one and all as they didn’t play any practice games but Dhawan is confident that they can do well in England if they can prepare on the kind of tracks that will be on offer during the five-Test series starting August.”England is going to be a very difficult series but we will have to play on those sort of pitches from early on and see how it goes there. If we have the right preparation and are able to give our best shot, there is no reason why we can’t win Test series in England,” Dhawan told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to earn more than Dhoni in BCCI’s new pay structureWhile he had an ordinary Test series in South Africa before being dropped after identical scores of 16 and 16 in the first Test, he came back well with two half-centuries and a hundred in India’s emphatic 5-1 ODI series win and a string of good scores in the T20 matches.Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan: How India’s top 3 have dominated the worldThe left-hander was visibly satisfied as doing well in the ‘Rainbow Nation’ according to him was a “dream come true”.Shikhar Dhawan gets 1300 per cent salary hike and truth behind MS Dhoni’s new pay packageadvertisementIn fact, he admitted that his performance in the ODIs and the subsequent T20s helped him bag an A+ central contract.”I was failing badly in overseas conditions, so to perform well (in ODIs and T20) gave me confidence. The performance in South Africa helped me win an A+ contract. I am very happy about that. It was a dream come true to perform like that in South Africa. I want to keep scoring runs consistently,” said Dhawan, who is the brand ambassador of Alcis, an Indian sportswear company.Dhawan has been retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad and is expected to form a formidable opening partnership with David Warner.”IPL is going to be exciting. It’s a fresh season and we have so many new faces and the team looks good. Hopefully, I will be fresh and fit to perform,” he said.However, Dhawan believes that while IPL can be a platform to get in contention for a berth in the Indian team, one should remain in the present and try to perform well.”IPL is a platform for players to get noticed and may be make it to the Indian team but the focus should be on performance rather than thinking about India selection,” Dhawan had a word of caution for talented youngsters.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Huawei P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite set to launch today: Here’s what you need to know

first_imgHuawei will launch the P20 series today at an event in Paris. The lineup will see the P20 Lite, P20 and P20 Pro, all of which are expected to sport the display notch that has been increasingly popular among Android OEMs. The P20 Pro will be the company’s most premium flagship which is also expected to be the world’s first smartphone with a triple camera setup. Weeks ahead of its launch, all three phones have been revealed in renders giving us a pretty good look at what we can expect.The P20 series will aim to cover the mid-range and the premium price segments. A few reports over the past couple of weeks have detailed what each of the phones will pack under-the-hood. Notably, Huawei is expected to highlight some major improvements to its Leica-branded cameras as well as some new features. The launch event will begin at 6:30pm IST and the livestream link should appear soon enough.Huawei P20 ProThe P20 Pro will be the star among the three smartphones, unless Huawei manages to steer the spotlight on to a possible P20 Porsche Edition. While the design of all three smartphones are largely similar, there are a few subtle yet notable differences. The P20 Pro will sport a notch much like all the other P20 phones, but unlike the P20 Lite, the P20 Pro will keep a home button on the front which will embed a fingerprint sensor. It is also the only model to get an interesting Twilight colour option as seen in the renders below.advertisementThe biggest highlight of the P20 Pro will be its triple rear camera setup. Notably, one of the Leica-branded lenses will come with a whopping 40-megapixel sensor while the other two will sport a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with 5X hybrid zoom. Additionally, the triple camera setup will offer apertures of f/1.6 and f/2.4, although it isn’t clear which sensor works with which aperture. Meanwhile, a 24-megapixel front camera is expected which will be housed inside the notch. Huawei is expected to highlight some new features such as 960fps slow-motion recording at 720p, AI-powered selfie modes, a feature called Light Fusion and impressive low-light captures among other things based on recent teasers. As per reports by Winfuture, the P20 Pro will come with a 6.1-inch OLED (2240×1080) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It will be powered by a Kirin 970 chipset which comes with Neural Processing Unit for AI capabilities. The flagship will be offered with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and some markets may also get 64GB and 256GB storage options as well. Additionally, the P20 Pro will house a 4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge support, will be IP67 certified for water resistance, will support USB Type-C, but will not come with a headphone jack. The flagship will run EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and will carry a price tag of EUR 899 (approx Rs 72,300).Huawei P20This flagship will be a few notches below the P20 Pro, but is expected to be a powerhouse nevertheless. The P20 will not come with a triple lens setup, but mostly everything else will remain the same as the P20 Pro. This includes a Kirin 970 chipset, a notched design with a home button on the front and no headphone jack. The handset will reportedly sport a 5.8-inch LCD display instead of an OLED display that will come with the Pro model. It will be offered with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.ALSO READ: Huawei P20 full specs leak ahead of March 27 launchThe P20 will sport a traditional dual rear camera setup with one 20-megapixel monochrome sensor with f/1.6 aperture and one 12-megapixel RGB sensor with possibly an optical image stabiliser. The handset is expected to house a 3,400mAh battery and will run EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. As per reports, the P20 will cost EUR 679 (approx Rs 54,700).Huawei P20 LiteThe Huawei P20, which has already been launched in China as the Nova 3e, will be the cheapest among the lot and will pack some mid-range hardware under-the-hood. On the design front, however, the phone will slightly differ from the other two by moving the fingerprint sensor to the back. It will also sport a more compact form factor with a 5.84-inch FHD+ 19:9 display (2280×1080) and will weigh around 145 grams. It will be powered by a mid-range octa-core Kirin 659 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The storage will also be expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card slot.advertisement The P20 Lite will also sport a dual rear camera setup which will comprise of one 16-megapixel sensor and one 2-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The notch on the front will house a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and the ability to optimise selfies with 96 measurement points, analyse light source and reduce noise by three times. It will house a 3,000mAh battery with quick charge support. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C and NFC. The handset will run EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo and will likely be priced at EUR 369 (approx Rs 29,700).last_img read more

Premier League: Tottenham rewrite history vs Chelsea, Arsenal beat Stoke

Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 28 years while Arsenal eased past Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday.A brace from Dele Alli and a wonder goal from Christian Eriksen sealed Spurs’ comeback goal versus the current league champions. Arsenal on the other hand rode on a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace and a Alexandre Lacazette strike to beat Stoke 3-0.It looked like being a familiar tale of woe for the Spurs side when Hugo Lloris’s error of judgement allowed Alvaro Morata to head Chelsea in front after half an hour.Tottenham responded in first-half stoppage time with midfielder Christian Eriksen, who had already tested home keeper Willy Caballero with one fizzing effort, dipping a right-foot shot over the bemused Argentine from 30 yards.There was a growing sense of belief in Tottenham’s play after the interval and Alli struck twice from close range in four minutes just past the hour to turn the game on its head.Tottenham, who enjoyed a further boost when Harry Kane came off the bench having recovered from an ankle injury, moved eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea with seven games left.They have 64 points, two points behind third-placed Liverpool with a game in hand.ARSENAL 3 – STOKE 0Heres the boss on @LacazetteAlex taking our second penalty with @Aubameyang7 on a hat-trickThat shows well the state of our society – when people are generous, we are surprised! They have a good understanding, I like that because they can make the team stronger pic.twitter.com/rymzqYKD46advertisementArsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 1, 2018Arsenal on the other hand left it late to win the match. After a dreary hour and a quarter of play punctuated by occasional booing from the home crowd, Mesut Ozil won a penalty when he raced into the box only to be brought down by Stoke’s Bruno Martins Indi.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the spot and then struck again from close range 12 minutes later, before Alexandre Lacazette converted another penalty, having been brought crashing to the ground by Badou Ndiaye.It was the Gunner’s first back-to-back win in the top flight since November, but until the late goalfest it often made for painful viewing, as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said at a news conference afterwards.The home side also made numerous changes to the lineup from their previous fixture, most likely with their Thursday night Europa League quarter-final first leg at home to CSKA Moscow in mind.But their communication and passing suffered as a result, as they gave the ball away repeatedly in the first half.That let Stoke push them back deep into their own half, and Swiss striker Xherdan Shaqiri gave the Gunners a scare in the fourth minute when he collected the ball outside the area on the right, only to curl his shot inches outside the far post.Stoke, who had been looking for their first victory at Arsenal since 1981 and their first double over the Gunners since 1975-76 season, are now without a win in their last eight games.Their manager, Paul Lambert, said he was unhappy about the first penalty decision in particular, saying it changed the game and helped lead to a lopsided final score.The loss leaves his Stoke side 19th in the league with 27 points, while Arsenal stay sixth with 51 points, 10 points off the Champions League qualification places.(With inputs from Reuters) read more

OnePlus 6 may be priced around Rs 34,000 in India, launch expected by April end

first_imgIt is expected that the OnePlus 6 will launch in a couple of weeks. Ahead of the launch, the pricing details of the OnePlus 6 have been leaked online. Interestingly, the new report from GizmoChina that reveals the pricing details of the OnePlus 6 also confirms that the smartphone will come in three variants with the base model coming with 64GB storage. This will be followed by 128GB and 256GB internal storage models.As for the pricing is concerned, the OnePlus 6 is said to launch at a starting price of $523, which translates to approximately Rs 34,000 for the 64GB model. Of course, this is a direct dollar to Rs conversion. The OnePlus 6 price in India will most likely be slightly different. But how different is something we will get to know only during the launch. It is expected that it will cost slightly more than Rs 32,999 that is the current price of the OnePlus 5T.Leaks suggest that the OnePlus 6 with 64GB internal storage will come with a price tag of $523. The 128GB storage of the OnePlus 6 is expected to be priced $602, which is roughly around Rs 39,000. The high-end model of the OnePlus 6, which is the 256GB internal storage, will cost around $697 which is roughly around RS 45,000.Earlier reports had revealed that OnePlus 6 will be slightly expensive compared to the OnePlus 5T. The new report seems to confirm the same. The price rise is because the OnePlus 6 will come with improved hardware and software set up and will also have an improved display and will likely sport much better cameras on the rear as well as the front compared to the OnePlus 5T.advertisementTo recollect, OnePlus 5T was launched at the same price as the OnePlus 5 last year, which left a lot of OnePlus 5 users disappointed. OnePlus 5T was launched at a starting price of Rs 32,999 for the 6GB model. The 8GB RAM with 128GB storage sells at Rs 37,999. The OnePlus 6 is likely to be more expensive than the 5T for all its variants, but not by much.Another reason for the price increase with the OnePlus 6 could be because of the iPhone X-like notch design that OnePlus will bring with this phone. This is for the first time that the pricing details of the OnePlus 6 have been leaked.While the price of the OnePlus 6 could be on the higher side compared to the earlier OnePlus phones, it will still be cheaper than other top phones. The OnePlus 6 will be definitely cheaper than almost all other flagship phones. It will be cheaper than the Galaxy S9, or the likes of the iPhone 9 and the Pixel 3 that may come to India in the forthcoming months.In addition to pricing details, an official back cover of the OnePlus 6 has also surfaced online highlighting the rear panel design details of the device. The leaked case of the phone re-confirms the earlier rumours. The case shows that the OnePlus 6 will come packed with vertically placed dual cameras, following which will be the LED flash and the fingerprint sensor. The leaked case of the OnePlus 6 doesn’t reveal any further details of the upcoming OnePlus 6.The report, alongside revealing the price of the phone and the rear panel design also provides a tentative launch timeline of the OnePlus 6. It reveals the OnePlus 6 may launch is a couple of weeks or so from now, to be specific, most likely by end of April. OnePlus CEO and co-founder Pete Lau earlier confirmed the next OnePlus flagship will launch in Q2 2018. Hence, we can most likely expect the OnePlus 6 to launch in May or early June in India, with May looking like a stronger possibility.last_img read more